GE Volunteers Launches a Special Programme for the Differently-Able Youth in Chennai

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Donates computers to enhance training and skills of differently-abled youth

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CHENNAI: GE Volunteers, in collaboration with Lead India 2020 has launched a special programme in Chennai. In order to make a difference to the lives of ‘differently-abled young minds’, the Lead India 2020 team is leading this nationwide initiative where the team would provide computers to individuals and organizations. The Lead India 2020 in partnership with GE is bringing together an experienced set of individuals who would be contributing in providing the requisite training and skills.

indiacsr logoSwanalakshmi, one of the beneficiaries of this programme studying with Little Flower Convent, Chennai; and who also represented India through the Children Parliament Programme in UN for International Women’s Day congratulated the efforts of GE volunteers. Expressing his joy, his father went on to compliment the initiative and said “The efforts of GE Volunteers to encourage the differently-abled will surely go a long way in enriching the lives of many young minds. Such noble gestures are instrumental in helping them realize their optimum potential.”

Several key dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence. Commenting on the noble initiative, Sylendrababu, ADGP, government official, said, “The future of India will be shaped by the youth of this country that symbolizes and represents and true driving force for India. The youth of this country can play a pivotal role in inspiring themselves and their peers.”

Mrs. Kannagi Packianathan, IAS, Secretary-Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare, Government of TN added, “We are extremely delighted to be associated with this initiative driven by GE.  The government is always keen to provide support such initiatives which have a deeper impact on society.”

Highlighting the role of Lead India 2020, Dr. Ponraj, Scientific Advisor to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said, “Lead India 2020 is Dr. Abdul Kalam’s vision, focused on igniting and channelizing the potential of youth in driving the country’s growth. We look forward to our partnership with GE, and their instrumental role in supporting our partners in Hyderabad and Coimbatore as well”.

Joe Mastrangelo, Vice President & CEO, GE Power Conversion, one of the key dignitaries present at the event added “I feel extremely privileged and proud to be part of the occasion and wish all the children a very bright future ahead.”

The launch event was followed by a distribution of 22 desktops and 5 laptops to beneficiaries; differently abled individuals and several organizations including The Presidency College, The District Differently-Abled Welfare Office and The Special school for Muscular Dystrophy.

GE Volunteers is a global community service organization with 225 councils in 51 countries donating 1.3 million volunteer hours on 6,200 projects in 2011 to the communities where they live and work. GE Volunteers are committed to improving their communities, their company and their lives through volunteerism, leadership and camaraderie. The India Volunteers team has over 3,500 members and has grown to seven chapters – New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai, Kolkata and Baroda.  In 2012, GE Volunteers spent over 25,000 volunteer-hours, partnering with 35 not-for-profit organizations to support projects across 12 Indian cities.

GE’s presence in India

 Present in India since 1902, GE works to innovate, partner and develop technology solutions in energy, healthcare, infrastructure and financial services that improve the quality of life in the country. With about 15,000 employees, GE’s imagination is taking the nation to the future with ideas designed and developed in India – for India and for the rest of the world.

The technologies that GE provides in India cover a diverse portfolio ranging from healthcare innovations; clean & efficient energy solutions, fuel-efficient and low-emission locomotives & diesel engines for rail; high quality, energy efficient lighting solutions and fuel efficient jet engines and financial services.

With around 6000 engineers, GE’s research centers in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai are developing new technologies for both India and the world while the 13 local manufacturing and service facilities bring products, services and technologies closer to the customers.  GE in India has partnered with a number of Indian companies to develop localized solutions, meeting the needs of the country. Committed to social development across the world, GE in India is closely engaged with local communities on social and environmental issues.

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