Mumbai: IT major Dell Inc, as part of its philanthropic efforts in India, has earmarked over $2.57 million for organisations promoting education, a move that will benefit one lakh children up to 17 years of age.
Dell will deploy the earmarked $2.57 million to 10 institutions in the country working toward child labour rehabilitation, educating daughters of sex-workers and an initiative to impart information on climate change.
“The next billion Internet users will come from emerging countries like India, Brazil, Russia, and China. As a part of our corporate-giving initiative, we will set aside 1% of our pre-tax profits to educate people,” Dell Global Giving Council India representative and MD of Dell International Services Ganesh Lakshminarayanan said.
He said Dell aims to be a “1%” company by 2010.
“We have assessed the NGOs’ technology and infrastructure needs and awarded cash and in-kind grants. All in-kind grants feature technology offering the lowest possible total cost of ownership,” he said.
This is through strategic partnership grants of up to $5,00,000 to support one-year pilot programmes, seed funding grants of up to $1,00,000 and employee-directed grants of $50,000, Lakshminarayanan added.
Dell YouthConnect plans five pilot projects in India with NGOs, with up to $500,000 of funding in the first year.
Dell has teamed up with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to further create awareness on climate change. The American India Foundation will use the funds to set up 24 computer labs in government schools in Hyderabad.
Similarly, Bangalore-based Akshara Foundation will further its pre-school education programme.
Citing industry analyst firm IDC, a Dell statement said nearly five lakh people get online for the first time in their lives every day, the majority of which live in emerging countries. “These will collectively account for about 59% of global PC volume by 2012,” it said.
“By helping communities, we are trying to generate an impact. After India, the project would be launched in Brazil, Mexico and other countries,” Lakshminarayanan said.