The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Indian multinational, Larsen and Toubro (L&T), Chennai have come together to ignite young minds from marginalized sections of the society. MSSRF initiated the ‘Every Child A Scientist’ (ECAS) programme to inculcate a scientific temper in students from under privileged sections of the society since 2002.
L&T is supporting the ECAS programme as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Young minds from under privileged sections of the society face a number of hindrances which affect their academic performance. They are deprived of access to quality learning aids and also lack exposure to up-to-date exciting developments in the field of science.
The ECAS programme will enable access to modern learning tools, access to well-equipped laboratories and field visits to learn from nature and about natural resources. It will focus on providing an enabling environment to the children studying in grades 6th – 8th of government schools in Tamil Nadu. It will strengthen their inquisitiveness towards science and understanding of scientific concepts.
The programme will help in enhancing self-esteem, instill confidence and enhance creativity of the underprivileged students.
In the Photo:
Mr. Vinod Jacob Chacko, Head – Corp. Comm,. & CSR, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Chennai (second from left) handing over of sanction letter to Dr. G.N. Hariharan, Director – Biotechnology, MSSRF, Chennai (third from left). Dr. N. Parasuraman, Principal Archivist & Knowledge Manager, MSSRF, Chennai (extreme left) and Mr. R. Rajasekarapandy, Deputy General Manager – CSR, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Chennai (extreme right) were also present on the occasion.