Jan Frydrych, HR Dir, Volkswagen Group India, and Gurpratap Boparai, MD, Volkswagen India Private Limited, signing the Mou with Priti Khare, CEO, Lila Poonawalla
Volkswagen India signed an MoU with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation in the direction of women’s training from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. As a part of this MoU, Volkswagen India has committed to invest ₨ 84 lakhs towards the training of forty women.

The MoU was signed by Gurpratap Boparai, dealing with director, Volkswagen India, Jan Frydrych, head HR and Admin, Volkswagen India, Lila Poonawalla, chairperson Lila Poonawalla Foundation within the presence of Priti Khare, CEO of Lila Poonawalla Foundation.

Volkswagen’s association with Lila Poonawalla Foundation dates to 2015. The company first commenced helping the organization in their initiative of enabling academically bright and financially deserving ladies to pursue an engineering degree. The organization has backed the education of forty ladies over the last three years (10 in 2015, 10 in 2016, and 20 in 2017) and has made an investment of ₨ 78 lakhs towards this cause. Over the years, the affiliation has grown stable, and Volkswagen has decided on supporting and sponsoring the schooling of 40 new applicants this yr with an extra dedication of ₨ eighty-four lakhs.

Lila Poonawalla Foundation has been supplying scholarships to academically vivid and financially deserving women considering that its inception. The students are pursuing engineering ranges in numerous schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad areas. The girls are mentored through unique training programs and different improvement activities so that they’re well equipped to satisfy their expert and personal aspirations.

Gurpratap Boparai, coping with the director, Volkswagen India, commented, “It gives me sizeable pride and delight that we are a part of this affiliation this is supporting the deserving women fulfill their desires. The ‘girl baby schooling in India’ program is in keeping with our commitment at Volkswagen toward the region and its human beings. At present, there may be a need for more and more women that allows you to pursue higher training to develop up to be confident citizens and are impartial. Enabling women to be professionally qualified may also set in motion a virtuous cycle so that it will help many families”.

On this occasion, Priti Khare, CEO, Lila Poonawalla Foundation, said, “Our association with Volkswagen is now 4 years vintage, and we can proudly say it’s miles a valued relation constructed in the spirit of partnership for a shared reason. Volkswagen has been of excellent support in supporting our girls emerge as self-established. Through this scholarship, the girls have become a possibility that becomes no longer possible otherwise. This scholarship isn’t pretty much offering them an economic guide; we make sure that the girls make satisfactory use of this opportunity. It is a holistic method wherein the women are groomed, their self-belief enhanced; they’re trained on employability abilities and are ready for a profession in their preference. 8 of the 20 girls who are going to graduate this yr have already secured jobs in reputed corporations. Most of the ladies come from a circle of relatives with much less than 1 lakh annual earnings. As a result, these jobs aren’t only going to make these girls financially solid however also make their households financially empowered”.

Education is one of the essential pillars of the Volkswagen India CSR framework. Volkswagen is dedicated to ‘sponsor a baby schooling in India’ and empowering young people. It has constantly been at the vanguard when scouting out for possibilities to fulfill this project. Some of the other MoUs that the employer signed in advance in this path are with Government ITI in Pimpri Chinchwad for talent improvement and infrastructure upgrades, with Symbiosis Skills and Open University (SSO) for the training of college students enrolled in their car move, with Nighoje Village Gram Panchayat to rebuild the primary college at Phadke Wasti, and iTeach Movement for the secondary school initiative in an English medium Pune Municipal Corporation Primary School.

Volkswagen India’s CSR framework is based on four pillars, particularly Education, Skill Development, Road Safety, and Water Management. Volkswagen India had been honored by the Zilla Parishad, Pune, earlier this 12 months (2019) for their projects closer to the social improvement of the society.