These initiatives are useful for colleges that do not have an exorbitant fee structure and enroll students from all income groups.

We installed solar lights in our college premises after receiving funding from Protel Telepower Infrastructure. Such initiatives imply a sense of collective consciousness for institution building. - (Swati Pal, principal, Janki Devi Memorial College, DU) CSR enhances education: Vodafone-Idea’s flagship program, Jigyasa, in the domain of education aims to build knowledge for life and addresses concerns faced by the education sector.

The infrastructure provided by the government is not adequate and such initiatives increase the teaching process, introduce digital content to make learning and teaching a joyful experience and augment existing infrastructure. By the introduction of digital training tools, content and innovative pedagogy, we have helped more than 12,000 teachers in 26 districts across five states.

The multi-lingual scholarship mission is helping 30,000 students (Amrish Kapoor, vice president, Vodafone-Idea) CSR initiatives are very meaningful: Companies such as Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Infinera have been rendering us support for long. Our NGO has been adopting government schools across the country and helping them develop basic infrastructure.

While developing the basic infrastructure, we focus on providing quality infrastructure, education and environment. For building the infrastructure, we approach various corporate entities and ask for funding. While doing impact calculation, we study factors like drop-out rate and its impact in the next ten years.

We educate students from poor economic backgrounds and marginalised communities. - (Braja Kishore Pradhan, founder, Aahwahan Foundation, Bangalore) Helping differently-abled students: We receive funds from Tech Mahindra foundation every quarter to run our primary school and that money is also used for the skill development of speech and hearing-impaired students.

They have been our partners in the education program since 2013 and in the beginning, we just had 10-12 students. Due to this, today our school is upgraded till class VII and we have now about 85-90 students who are studying in our schools. Our primary school is a National Indian Open Schooling (NIOS) accredited center. - (Roma Roka, founder, Noida Deaf Society).

This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Times of India. The original article can be found at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/should-csr-be-an-essential-part-of-education/articleshow/88406193.cms