IT firms spent Rs. 450 cr. for CSR activities

The focus is mainly on education, skills training

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has been among the top 5 States in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending where according to a report, over 1,200 organisations in Tamil Nadu spent over Rs. 450 crore on CSR activities in 2016-17.

“With a strong presence of the IT industry, the region has had focused interventions from many technology organisations and has incredible potential for using technology for social good,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, at a CSR conference that was held in Chennai.

“The companies here have always been at the forefront of CSR, and we at NASSCOM Foundation hope to encourage and enable this practice further,” he said.

Pamidi said that there focus was on education and skills training. Citing an example, he said there was a social enterprise called SkillTrain that used mobile phone as an enabler in delivery of vocational training to rural school dropouts.

SkillTrain has developed video content that is playable on cheap mobile phones in rural areas. This has helped us deliver free video content to school dropouts, thereby enabling access to vocational training.