Education promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty. We strongly believe that every child has a right, a need to be educated and by providing an appropriate environment and education, these children have a better chance of becoming self-reliant. This, in turn, would translate into a better society to live in.
With a view to break the 'poverty = manual labour' cycle of the economically under-privileged society, Suryodaya Trust and Srei Foundation jointly manage two schools at - Santoshpur and Birati, both in Kolkata, with over 700 students and more than 50 qualified staff. The schools draw students from the surrounding urban slums, who are essentially from under privileged backgrounds. To create the right ambience for education, Sunita Kanoria, Chief Patron, Suryodaya Schools and Educationist has taken personal interest in ensuring the best arrangements in terms of cleanliness and healthiness. The students are provided with nutritious free mid-day meal. Text books, note books and school uniforms are centrally procured by the school and provided to the students at subsidized rates. A very nominal monthly fee and admission fee are charged from the students. To emphasize the overall development of students, it is ensured that they participate in extracurricular activities.
Another noteworthy initiative by Srei Foundation on the education front is the adoption of 15 "One Teacher" Schools across 15 locations in Gaya district, Bihar. The aim is to provide informal education to children of the tribal community living in remote areas and to undertake other activities meant for progress of the villages.
Srei Foundation has provided financial assistance to Sanskrit @ St James School, London towards illustrations for the new Sanskrit textbooks, teachers training program and website to be able to support schools teaching Sanskrit.
In addition, Srei has created a Srei India Scholarship Fund which was initiated in collaboration with the Boston University wherein a sum of 50,000 USD ( 30.62 lakhs @ 61.25) has been gifted for several years to enable talented students from across the globe to experience the unparalleled education that the University offers.
The Foundation has tied up with various social bodies to help meritorious but needy students pursue higher studies. Srei Foundation has sponsored 81 such students so far and provided financial assistance to 48 students through various educational institutes. Besides social upliftment in the community, it sponsored education for 100 students of Ramakrishna Mission.
Financial aid was extended towards a school for the blind in Kulti, and a higher secondary girls' school in the locality for maintenance, supply of furniture and water filter. Monthly financial grants were given to A.C. Institution Higher Secondary School, Sodepur Colliery High School and Shibpore Workshop Free Primary School.
Till now more than 15,000 students of several schools have been provided financial assistance as well as provided with free laptop, computers, water purifier and printer. In addition to providing financial aid for their education, around 150 students of Kulti Grace Blind School have been provided with a bus for carrying the handicapped students of Dishergarh, Sanctoria, Barakar and Kulti area.
IISD is supported by the Srei Foundation. The institute has partnered with the British educational institution, A-One Choice International (AOC International), for undertaking a number of educational and training initiatives in West Bengal. It runs several programs and courses on:
Madhulika Kanoria, Vice Chairman of IISD has been instrumental in introducing PGDM courses with affiliation of AIMA (All India Management Association).
The institute awards scholarships up to 100% to students (meritorious / mediocre) for promoting higher education. Apart from supporting the children of Srei Group employees, aid is also extended to needy children from diverse backgrounds to help them pursue their education.