February 7, 2011

Google Awards $5 Million to Support Education in India

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:37 pm by philanthropynews

Google has announced a $5 million grant to the India-based Bharti Foundation to upgrade and create fifty elementary schools in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

The grant will cover the costs of setting up new middle schools and upgrading primary schools to the elementary level. The newly formed schools will be called Satya Elementary Schools. Through the Satya Bharti Schools program, the foundation hopes to establish a total of five hundred primary schools and fifty secondary schools in India.

Established in 2000 by Bharti Enterprises — the parent company of Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s largest telecom provider — to improve primary and secondary education in rural parts of the country, the foundation currently operates two hundred and thirty-six primary schools and one senior secondary school. An additional fifteen primary and four senior secondary schools are scheduled to open in the next academic year.

(Read more via Philanthrophy News Digest.)