Tata Steel Foundation Signs MoU With KMCO And CIF To Promote Education Among Youth Of Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur 24th July 2021: Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) today signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kudi Mahanti Chirens Opportunities (KMCO) Trust and Cummins India Foundation (CIF) to enhance opportunities in the education sector.

Sourav Roy, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel and Smita Agarwal, Head (Education), signed an MoU with KMCO, a Jamshedpur-based charitable trust established in the year 2000 in memory of Kudi Mahanti, on behalf of Tata Steel. 

In the presence of Mr. Nirup Mohanty, President, KMCO, and Rupa Mohanty, President, KMCO Trust, on behalf of Ruchi Narendran.

The one-year partnership with KMCO aims to undertake various developmental projects for the underprivileged children living in the urban slums of the city. 

As a part of the partnership, KMCO will make provision of tablets to schools under Masti Ki Pathshala. 

The program, run by the Tata Steel Foundation, enables a learning bridge between schools and children from the slums of Jamshedpur through residential and non-residential schools, with the sole objective of making the city a child-labor-free zone. 

The MoU aims to digitally equip these centers to ensure seamless and continuous learning practices for the students.

The agreement will enable the introduction of a non-residential bridge course for children living in slum areas along a 4 km stretch of Marine Drive. 

There are a total of 15 slums in this section, with over 800 children who have either dropped out or are highly irregular. 

With domain expertise in the field, the Foundation has partnered with KMCO to create a six-month special curriculum and bring children back to schools.

The MoU with Cummins India Foundation was signed by Mr. Saurav Roy, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel, on behalf of the Foundation and Mr. Amit Kumar, Trustee, CIF.

The partnership with CIF will work towards specialized skill training of students at Tata Steel Technical Institute (TSTI) to provide industrial training to local youth. 

CIF runs a Technical Education for Communities (TEC) program which is a global initiative targeting the technical skills gap through local vocational education initiatives, and the partnership will ensure the training of approximately 270 local youth. 

Under the collaboration, a standardized education platform will be provided, which will help the institute to develop market-relevant curricula, teacher training, career guidance, and practical experience for the students.

Speaking on this occasion, Roy said: “Masti ki Pathshala is an effort to create a citizen’s movement to persistently and meaningfully use education as a means for the most underserved children and youth of Jamshedpur to transform their lives. Our partnerships with KMCO and CIF will not only work towards bringing children back to schools but also increase employment opportunities of youths through the highest quality of vocational instruction.”

The three organizations are engaged in undertaking high-impact projects in the education and technical training sectors. 

In addition to Masti Ki Pathshala, Tata Steel Foundation’s education initiatives include thousands of school programs that operate in Odisha and Jharkhand, reaching 5 lakh students and aim to bring children back to school by strengthening the education and monitoring system. 

In addition, scholarships under Jyoti Fellowship and Akanksha are also provided to students belonging to SC/ST communities.

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