News from the Infosys Foundation and Akshaya Patra
Akshaya Patra felicitated by Infosys and CNN-IBN
Akshaya Patra featured as part of an episodic show 'Innovating for a Better Tomorrow' presented by Infosys and CNN-IBN, where 14 select innovations were showcased. At the award ceremonies where the pioneers of these innovations were felicitated, Akshaya Patra was awarded for its contributions in making a positive impact on over a million lives in India. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys Limited, and other dignitaries presented the awards.
At the ceremony Narayana Murthy said, "Societies have embraced innovation that have enhanced productivity and grown their economies rapidly. Innovating for a Better Tomorrow is our attempt to recognise individuals and groups who have changed thousands of lives with the power of their ideas," he said. Read more
Infosys Foundation donates nearly Rs. 150 crore
The Infosys Foundation donated Rs. 127 crore to Akshaya Patra to assist the organisation in building and operating three new modern kitchens, with an additional corpus amount of Rs. 20 crore. The contribution by the Infosys Foundation was ear marked to set up a kitchen in Jodhpur (which began operations in August 2013), and a kitchen in Hyderabad as well.
Besides this, the funds are being used to cover the operations costs at the Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Mysuru kitchens, and the cost of daily mid-day meals and clean drinking water for 1.5 lakh children in Rajasthan. The Infosys grant also helped Akshaya Patra adopt the closed vessel cooking technology, by importing the Tetra Pak cooking machines from Sweden. Read more
Sudha Murty inaugurates clean drinking water initiative
Sudha Murty, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation flagged off the clean drinking water project for Government school children in Jaipur. The project provides clean drinking water to over 50,000 children across 203 schools, while the next phase to be rolled out will cover 50,000 more.
The students and teachers expressed their gratitude for this initiative of providing clean drinking water, as it solved a problem they had been facing for some time.
Sudha Murty, who was accompanied by her sister Jayashree Deshpande, also distributed geometry boxes to the students, and inaugurated the water delivery vans. Read more
Narayana Murthy and Madhu Pandit Dasa at Development Dialogue 2015
Akshaya Patra Chairman Madhu Pandit Dasa spoke as part of a panel featuring Narayana Murthy Founder of Infosys Limited and Jeffrey L Bradach of The Bridgespan Group, moderated by Kasturi Rangan of Harvard Business School, USA, at the Development Dialogue 2015. The theme for the event was 'Scaling by Proving' which stressed that the route to successful scalability lies in careful planning and execution in the early planning phase.
Narayana Murthy highlighted the role competition in corporate entrepreneurship plays in creating passion, while Madhu Pandit Dasa stressed the need for sharing information to encourage more to take up social entrepreneurship. Read More
Narayana and Sudha Murthy launch 'Ode to a Billion'
Narayana Murthy Founder of Infosys Limited, along with Sudha Murty Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, officially released the soundtrack 'Ode to a Billion' composed by Javed Akhtar and sung by Shankar Mahadevan.
The track was released in August 2012 to commemorate the occasion of Akshaya Patra serving its billionth meal.
Both Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty have been long-time supporters of Akshaya Patra's mid-day meal programme, and the Foundation's mission of ending classroom hunger in India. The long standing support of the Infosys Foundation has helped Akshaya Patra reach more children with its nutritious food. Read More
Narayana Murthy: Akshaya Patra, the most successful PPP model in India
During an interview on NDTV Profit Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys Limited references Akshaya Patra as a perfect example of a Public-Private Partnership model.
Speaking on the occasion he says, "Akshaya Patra has participation from various State governments and from corporate donors, individual donors etc., and they feed 1.3 million children hot lunch every day. And it's done so efficiently, technology has been used so well, engineering skills of the people have been used so well. So I wish people study how well Akshaya Patra is working and use it as an example to celebrate the success of public-private partnership. Of course Teach India is another one, the Micro Insurance Scheme is another example, but I do think Akshaya Patra is perhaps the largest most successful public- private partnership in the country." Read More
Narayana Murthy stresses Compassionate Capitalism at Akshaya Patra event
In 2011 Narayana Murthy discussed compassionate capitalism at an event organised by The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Sharing his own experiences with hunger growing up, he also explained the need for inclusive growth where the fortunate members of society take responsibility for ensuring that hungry children are fed.
Complimenting Akshaya Patra's message perfectly he said, "If the kids are hungry, they cannot perform well in their studies. Compassionate capitalism should be practiced so that we can create hope for these children by providing them with decent education." Read More
Infosys Foundation donates 450 computers to schools
The Infosys Foundation stepped up to the plate once again to support underserved children across India.
This time the organisation contributed 450 computers to schools in 11 Mandals across Medak, Hyderabad where Akshaya Patra serves the mid-day meal programme.
Through this initiative each school has been equipped with a computer, and approximately 60,000 students will benefit from it.
The total cost of this undertaking is estimated at Rs. 60 lakh. In the past the Infosys Foundation has frequently supported Akshaya Patra in its work of feeding underserved children in India. Read More
Narayana Murthy speaks at Akshaya Patra fundraiser
Speaking at an Akshaya Patra fundraising event in California, United States in 2012, Narayana Murthy said, "India cannot fully develop its economic potential until all of its children receive a proper education. One of the most important ingredients needed for the success of our country is inclusivity through education. Every Indian is excited about this concept. We must bring the power of education to every poor child in India. It is our path to global progress." Read More