Last year, Ingersoll Rand extended its partnership with Agastya
International Foundation by launching Mobile Science Labs in Mumbai
and Naroda. The lab benefits economically disadvantaged government
school children in remote, rural areas and trains teachers from
government schools in and around the two locations.
Children trained and educated at Agastya will get an opportunity to learn and understand basic science principles through creative science models and interactive demonstrations, rather than through rote learning.
The Ingersoll Rand – Agastya Mumbai Mobile Science Lab is the first standalone corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in the region. The Lab was inaugurated by Sanjeev Seth, Country Leader – HVAC & Transport,India & SAARC Markets at the BMC School, Vile Parle (East) Mumbai in the presence of the school principal, district education officer, school students and employees of the Ingersoll Rand Mumbai office. The event included a speech by Sanjeev Seth, the school principal, district education officer and Agastya representatives followed by a ceremonial lamp lighting, ribbon cutting, coconut breaking, vehicle flag off and models exhibition by students of the school.
The Naroda Mobile Science Lab is the second in this region with the first Lab already being a huge success impacting more than 28,500 children and 1,050 teachers in the area. The Lab was inaugurated at the Ingersoll Rand Naroda facility by Amar Kaul, territory vice president and business head - India, Middle East and South Africa, in the presence of Agastya representatives and employees. The event was a part of the employee town hall and included a speech from Hariharan Ganesan from Agastya Foundation.
With these new projects, Ingersoll Rand has deepened its focus on spreading science education across India. There are now two Mobile Science Labs in Naroda and one each in Chennai, Mumbai, Sahibabad and Bangalore – plus one Science Centre at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jacobpura.