Education is a key enabler of social change and a better society. We believe in a social vision of democracy where each citizen is not only capable as an individual, but who also sees the ethic of equity, the essentiality of diversity, the ethos of justice, and is thus driven by social sensitivity. We have been involved in various initiatives over the years in education which try and address this across different groups in schools and colleges in the country. Over the years, these programs have evolved in scale, scope and maturity.
Systemic reforms in School Education: Since 2001 we have been working on issues of systemic reform in school education in India on two fronts
- to support the development and strengthening of good organizations working in this space and
- to support organizations working in other developmental areas like livelihoods or healthcare and encourage them to expand their work to school education.
Education for underprivileged children: The program addresses a gamut of critical issues faced by disadvantaged communities when it comes to school education – starting from enrolment in schools to nutrition for children, counseling services for parents, remedial education, just to name a few. These children are from some of the most vulnerable groups in our society – urban slums, HIV-affected families, migrant labor families and street children.
Education for Children with Disability: The program supports the educational and rehabilitative needs of children with disabilities from underprivileged backgrounds. Going beyond just schooling, our approach tries to integrate enabling factors like availability of nutrition, community support, specially trained teachers, assistive technology, access to healthcare etc. Our work in this space covers multiple categories of disability and focuses on early intervention and inclusive education.
Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program in USA: Started in 2012, the Wipro Science Education Fellowship (SEF) is a two-year program designed to improve individual teacher practice, foster teacher leadership opportunities and create a district corps of teacher leaders supporting sustainable positive changes in science education.
Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program in UK: Started in 2019, we work with King’s College London to offer UK’s first Master’s program in STEM education. We work with Sheffield Hallam University to provide rigorous continuous professional development to STEM teachers through Wipro Teacher Fellowship and Wipro Teacher Mentor programs.
Sustainability Education: Wipro earthian is our flagship program that brings together two of our key concerns, Education and Sustainability, into a nation-wide initiative for schools and colleges. Wipro earthian runs in two phases – the Wipro earthian outreach program and the Continuous Engagement Program (CEP).
Technology Education: Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) program runs in partnership with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India, to help Science graduates study for a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. Wipro Infrastructure Management School (WIMS) is another program with BITS Pilani, to develop and nurture exclusive talent in IT infrastructure business, especially Cloud Computing technology. Wipro Software Technology Academy (WiSTA) is run in collaboration with Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) for science graduates to offer specific courses such as Data Science, Very Large System Integraion(VLSI) and Embedded and Information Technology programs.
TalentNext: The program offers digital technology courses on industry-relevant skills to the faculty members of engineering colleges for two weeks and provides them with a certificate at the end of the course. They, in turn, leverage our course contents, platform, assignments, case studies and assessments to train their sixth semester students as part of the curriculum. The students trained by these faculty have to go through a 250-hour self-directed learning and must qualify in the coding challenge to participate in Wipro’s campus selection process.