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UST Global, a leading digital transformation solutions company, has won the Project Management Institute Kerala (PMIK)’s PMI Kerala Community Project of the Year Award for 2020 for its Adopt a School initiative, under which the company adopts and supports government or government-aided schools in the rural and financially backward communities. UST Global’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative was chosen for this award on the primary criteria of the project management principles applied in the effective and efficient execution of the project.
The award is the highest recognition for the project management community in the state. The PMI Award recognises and honours significant initiatives undertaken by corporate bodies or organisations as part of their CSR activities towards the improvement and well-being of the community.
Highlighting about the award, Sunil Balakrishnan, Chief Values Officer, UST Global, said, “The Adopt a School programme is fully planned, implemented and evaluated by the UST Global employees as part of the company’s employee engagement framework called COLORS. The organisation spends thousands of employee volunteer hours besides contributing financially for the programme through the UST Global Welfare Foundation. This award exemplifies our commitment towards transforming lives and ensure the sustainable well-being of people.”
“In order to enable providing of quality education to children, the Adopt a School programme has been working towards infrastructure development of the schools, teaching and learning improvement with co-curricular activities, digitising the educational ecosystem, improving the employability of students, and implementing sustainable initiatives for the benefit of individuals, society, and environment,” he added.
According to UST Global, its Adopt a School programme currently provides support to over 6,500 children of 30 government schools spread across Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and other towns in Kerala. The CSR programme for education vertical has so far supported over 20,000 students, through a life cycle approach of providing education to school children, higher education, professional education, skill development and employability of youth.