Madras IIT To Educate Underprivileged Children

For the past one year, about 700 children from underprivileged families, mostly Dalits, in Chennai and a remote village in Bihar are being imparted informal education by volunteers from the same community. The children, who were earlier averse to basic learning, are now showing incremental improvement and are able to read their regional language and English textbooks.

The Teaching Reading Project (TRP), a pilot initiative of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras, is changing the lives of these young minds. 

Under the project, five Chennai city corporation schools at Mogappair, Cholambedu and Taramani and five government schools in Pindaruch village in North Bihar were selected. Nearly 200 children from Chennai and 500 from Bihar village were benefited by the gesture.  
The three-year programme is being financially supported by Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd (TNPL), which is pumping in `15 lakh per year under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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