As part of its corporate social responsibility, the cement major, ACC Limited had initiated a slew of measures in order to improve the quality of education in India. ACC Trust has kick-started the firm’s flagship programme, ACC Vidya Utkarsh, by providing quality reading material such as story books and text books on science and social studies to literary masterpieces to over 123 schools of Chandrapur District in Maharasthra on September 18-19, 2018. The Trust also facilitated a humongous book distribution drive by providing the students of 31,000 new books weighing 28 tonnes, worth Rs.80 lakh. In addition to that, the Trust had also established 29 new libraries at Cluster Resource Centres within Chandrapur District.
ACC encourages reading and education in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra.
In addition to its book distribution endeavour, the Trust had also organised a two-day workshop for headmasters and librarians from the government and private schools to brainstrom on ways to improve the quality of existing libraries and how they could improve reading habits among students. When the seminar got over, all the learnings and suggestions were compiled and handed over to the district administrator for their consideration and action. Through its CSR efforts, ACC is empowering around 65,000 students from 123 schools and 32 colleges in the district.
Jitendra Papalkar, CEQ ZP Chandrapur, C Kurian, Head Business Services – ACC Limited and KV Reddy, Director Plant – ACC Chanda Cement Works graced the workshop. Other attendees included Pratyush Panda, Head CSR – ACC Limited, Sanjay Dorlikar, Education Officer – ZP Chandrapur, Shri Lokhande, Education Officer Primary – ZP Chandrapur, Fr Robert, Principal – Viyani Vidya Mandir, Brijbhushan Pazare, Chairman – Social Welfare, ZP Chandrapur and Satyajeet Amale – Police Station Incharge Ghugus.
Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director and CEO, ACC Limited said, “It is said that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Many deserving children and youth in our country do not have access to quality reading material. Through ACC Vidya Utkarsh, we are continuously investing in improving education and reading habits amongst students. We are proud to lead this effort to complement the efforts of the Chandrapur administrators and educators.”
ACC Vidya Utkarsh facilitates quality education to children in host communities through a hub and spoke model. Besides that, 15 ACC established schools have developed into Centres of Excellence over the past decades which play the role of a hub to enhance the quality of education in government schools.
ACC Limited, member of the LafargeHolcim Group of companies, is among India’s leading manufacturers of cement and ready mix concrete. With over 7400 employees, 17 cement manufacturing sites, 62 concrete plants, a nationwide network of over 50,000 retail outlets and an R&D centre in Mumbai, the quality of ACC’s products and services, as well as its commitment to technological development, make it a preferred brand in building materials. Established in 1936, ACC is counted among the country’s “Most Sustainable Companies” and it is recognised for its best practices in environment management and corporate citizenship.