Encouraging education has long been a subject of great interest for Precision Foundation. In a world where education has become the biggest differentiating factor, Precision Foundation offers an edge to the deprived and rural students through its activities.
Mata BalakUtkarsh Pratishthan, an NGO from Sangola, a small town in Solapur District has been working in the areas of education, healthcare, women empowerment and environmental awareness under the able leadership of Dr. SanjivaniKelkar. The foundation supported their efforts in establishing ‘Skill Development Centre’and ‘Counselling Centre’ and also for their ‘Lend a Hand’ project. The funds provided were utilised for creating infrastructure of the centre and for the purchase of sewing machines, computers, furniture and also for getting resource persons for training of women. The project has benefited a large number of girls and women from Sangola Taluka.
Precision has been organizing concerts in rural schools and some schools from the slum areas with the help of Baithak Foundation, Pune thus, taking performing arts to children who have never been exposed to any form of classical music or dance. It is very encouraging to see these children keen interest in music.
With the upcoming ‘Precision Sangeet Mahotsav’ in mind, ‘Tune In’ was organized again with the help of Baithak Foundation to educate people on how to appreciate and enjoy music. The program was conducted at two colleges and at the amphi-theatre in Solapur and was highly appreciated by all 350 participants. Mandar Karanjkar & Dakshayani Athalye of Baithak explained the concepts of Swar, Taal, Lay, Ragas and also various musical instruments through videos and interaction with the audience. They very beautifully compared music to delicious food… We do not have to understand every ingredient to appreciate and enjoy a dish, similarly we need not understand the raga to appreciate music.
To make children fall in love with Indian classical music and dance through Concerts, PCL with the help of Baithak Foundation, Pune is organising ‘Baithak at School’.
In this activity, 35 concerts will be organised in 5 schools from Solapur. These concerts will include vocal music, instrumental music and dance. Fifteen artists from Pune and seventeen artists from Solapur will perform instrumental music on Santoor, Flute, Tabla, Harmonium & Pakhwaj, Hindustani & Karnataki vocal music and Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi dance forms.
This activity will be carried out till March 2020 and will benefit 600 students. In the first phase of Baithak, concerts were held on 26 & 27 September, 2019 at Sonamata Vidyalaya, Kamala Nehru Prashala, SMC School No. 28, Zilla Parishad Girl’s School (Degaon) and Samarth Vidyamandir (Shastri nagar). The concerts were followed by question and answer sessions. The students enjoyed the music and showed keen interest in learning more.
The Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana was started by Mr. Ravindra Karve with the main objective ofproviding financial support to students from 'Underprivileged Section of the society' to pursue higher education.Support is provided only to extraordinary brilliant students from poor families. About 40 volunteers associated with the Seva Sahyog Foundation carry out home visits to verify the Socioeconomic condition, conducive atmosphere at home for study and various documents to ensure that help reaches the needy students. Selection of student is purely based on Merit & Family’s economic condition without any discrimination on account of religion, gender, caste & creed. The fees of selected students are directly sent to the educational institution. In deserving cases support is provided books, travel & other incidentals. There is a strong follow-up mechanism to ensure student’s continuous higher performance.The foundation has supported the education of 287 students from 26 districts of Maharashtra over the last one year spending about 1.47 Crores – 19 of these students are from Solapur district. PCL through its CSR has joined hands with Seva Shayog for their Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana and help this noble cause.
A great teacher, patriot and visionary Shri Shankar Dinkar alias Bhayyaji Kane laid the foundation principles of PSVP (Purva Seema Vikas Pratishthan) in 1971. He brought tribal children from remote hilly areas of Manipur (North-East India) to Maharashtra for better education. This work continued for more than two decades. More than 300 children were educated and excelled in their careers. Late Bhayyaji’s colleagues & students took the inspiration from his work and established PSVP as a trust in 1986.
India’s North-East region is also known as Purvanchal. This region is cut-off from heartland of India due to several reasons like inaccessibility, lack of industrial development, difference in people's facial features, un-availability of basic human needs for electricity, quality education facilities etc.
PSVP envisages and works towards changing the scenario of anti-social activities, lack of good educational facilities, and connecting the secluded area of North East to mainland India. PSVP is a Trust working for 'National Integration through Education'. PSVP built and now operates three schools in remote hilly areas of Manipur state. PCL through its CSR is financially supporting a school run by PSVP.
PCL as a part of its CSR, has installed interactive e-learning kits at 120 schools in and around Solapur over the last 2 years. It includes about 90 schools from the rural areas that are run by the Zilla Parishad. The installation was done in 3 phases. Starting with a white board, projector and IR camera, moving on to Smart boards and to LED panels that get converted into touch screen, the kit comprised of tools using current technology every time. All schools are provided with Solar panels to ensure uninterrupted use of these tools. Teachers from these schools were given the necessary training at every stage of the project.
‘Pariwartan’, the fourth such training session for teachers was organized on 8th August 2019. It was attended by 704 teachers from 120 schools. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Prakash Waychal, CEO, Solapur Zilla Parishad.
Mr. Sandip Gund and Mr. Vishwas Yelnurkar conducted the training using LED panel and the Smart board. Mr. Omkar Modak briefed the teachers about care of the Solar panels and batteries provided to such school.
The interactive e-learning project has reached 99 villages/ towns across 3 districts and has benefitted 974 teachers and 24362 students.
In the year 2018-19, 10 more schools have received the interactive e-learning kits, taking the number of digital schools to 110.
In the third phase of the project, the kit comprised of a 55 inch LED TV which gets converted into a touch screen. The TV is mounted on a stand which allows height adjustment and can also be taken from classroom to classroom. The schools have also been provided with syllabus for 1st to 10th grade in the digital format and a number of Apps to make learning more interactive and enjoyable for the students.
All the interactive e-learning kits are run on alternate source of energy as solar power generating system is installed at every school covered under this project. A training session was conducted for about 70 teachers from these newly added schools by Mr. Sandip Gund, a well-known techno-savvy digital teacher.