Dalmia Bharat Foundation Commits to India’s ‘Self-reliance’ Vision through Social Transformation MoU with NIIT Foundation

State-of-the-art professional educational training courses to benefit 8000 underprivileged youth nationally across 16 DIKSHa centres 

New Delhi, 15 September 2022: Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Dalmia Bharat Group is on an accelerated path to make India’s ‘Self-reliance’ vision a reality. For this purpose, DBF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a not-for-profit education society, NIIT Foundation to develop state-of-the-art, community-centric skill-building and educational training courses that will benefit 8000 underprivileged youth across 16 DIKSHa (Dalmia Institute of Knowledge and Skill Harnessing) centres in India.

The aim of the MoU is to usher in a New India that is progressive and self-dependent by harnessing the collaborative strengths of DBF’s robust community engagement and NIIT Foundation’s quality educational process so as to empower children and youth belonging to the disadvantaged sections of society.

“Through our collaborative efforts and strengths, we believe that this partnership will become a key enabler for the greater good of our nation and will bring about positive and transformative change in society. We are committed to the social transformation of our country and look forward to scaling our community reach by meeting its economic needs while closing societal gaps to make India truly Atmanirbhar,” said Dr. Arvind Bodhankar, Executive Director, ESG & CRO, Dalmia Bharat Limited

The MoU was signed in the nation’s capital, New Delhi, between Dr. Bodhankar from Dalmia Bharat Limited and Ms. Charu Kapoor, COO, NIIT Foundation. Major training and skill building that will commence through this shared collaboration will include certificate courses in Financial Literacy, Cyber Security Essentials and Professional Edge. 

The DIKSHa centres where the courses will be developed and conducted also include Sitapur & Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh; Kolhapur in Maharashtra; Khambalia in Gujarat; Satna in Madhya Pradesh; Dalmiapurum & Trichy in Tamil Nadu; Belgaum & Yadawad in Karnataka; Lanka in Assam; Medinipur in West Bengal; Rourkela, Jajpur, Rajgangpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Cuttack in Odisha; and Bokaro in Jharkhand where Dalmia Bharat Group has a local presence and works closely with the community. While NIIT Foundation will provide the necessary content, training of trainers, assessment and certification along with placement  support, DBF has been entrusted with managing day to day activities of the center.

About NIIT Foundation – 

NIIT Foundation (NF) is a not-for-profit education society set up by the promoters of NIIT in 2004. Its mission is to positively impact the underprivileged of the country through educational initiatives and employability skill development programs. To achieve this, NF runs various grassroots initiatives in partnership with other corporates and corporate foundations. NF set up and operates skill development centers in urban and rural areas that offer placement support to all eligible students. NF provides digital and financial literacy programs and also implements Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations to bridge the digital divide. In addition, NF supports other NGOs to build their capacity. NF has been delivering projects ranging from customized CSR solutions as per partner requirements, school programs, college collaborations, community initiatives, and digital empowerment, which are mandated as per Section 135 of the companies act 2013. The projects reach out to a wide range of beneficiaries from the age group of 6 to 60 years old. The skilling and education engagement models are targeted towards underprivileged & underserved youth/children, women, specially-abled/PWDs, LGBTQIA+ community across 28 states and 6 union territories.

About Dalmia Bharat Foundation –

Dalmia Bharat Foundation (Dalmiabharat Foundation) operates within three key areas – Climate Action (Soil & Water Conservation and access to Clean Energy) Livelihood Skill Training and Social Development. These programmes combine in-depth, long-term plans and strategies along with medium and short-term initiatives and campaigns. Owing to the great differences across locations, DBF has adopted a flexible, multi-intervention approach that allows programmes and people to grow together and sustain each other. The three focus areas have been derived from the felt needs of the community and issues material to the business.

 About Dalmia Bharat Group

Dalmia Bharat Group (Dalmia Bharat Group) is a leading Indian conglomerate with a strong presence in Cement, Sugar and Refractories. The Group has a turnover of over 13,000 crore. Dalmia Bharat commenced operations in 1939 and has played a defining role in India’s manufacturing sector. The group has a significant market presence in each of its sectors of operation. Its cement business has grown exponentially since 2006 in terms of capacity and production and the company is a leader in the specialty cement space. Dalmia Cement is the only cement company in the world to have the lowest carbon footprint.  In sugar, the group is a prominent generic player catering to most of the leading businesses in India. The Group also caters to an enduring and growing customer base in the refractories business.


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