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India

The Context
India’s recent growth and evolution have been a significant achievement. The country represents one of the largest populations and the third-largest economy in terms of purchasing power. Since declaring its independence in 1947, the economy has flourished due to its achievements in learning how to cultivate the country’s rich land. India became an agricultural powerhouse, no longer dependent on grain imports but turning out to be one of the biggest exporters of food.

Over the last decade, due to the government’s efforts into strengthening its position among the world’s leading powers, and the country’s continuous economic expansion, India has become one of the world’s greatest power players.

Covid 19 affected this global powerhouse, the country has enormous gaps among their social classes, and the pandemic intensified the pressure on the most fragile households.

ST Foundation’s Presence
The DU Program was launched in 2003 with the support of the ST plant of Greater Noida and its volunteers. The project’s main goal was to provide new educational opportunities and resources that were locally absent.

As the years went by, the initiative grew, and we reached an increasing number of beneficiaries in every corner of the country.

As the pandemic unfolded, all ST Foundation’s courses (ICB, T4K, and Advanced Courses) faced slowdowns caused by the impact of Covid 19. Only a limited number of educational initiatives were carried out in those areas where we could organize online classes. Further activity contractions were registered with the different Covid 19 waves that struck the country throughout 2021.

Although the entire world has been forced into a continuous quarantine since the beginning of the pandemic, we aimed at keeping people connected during these challenging times. In such a scenario, the purpose of our projects has always been to give students a sense of normalcy while facilitating the continuation of their studies. Specific initiatives supporting formal education have been a focus of ours in this part of the world while still organizing, whenever possible standard online courses.

As of  March 31, 2022, activities have been resumed where possible,  the Foundation reaching over 108,000 beneficiaries since the Program’s inception.