Qualcomm launches STEM education initiatives for underrepresented girls with United Way

Bangalore, June 14 2017 – Qualcomm India, in association with United Way of Hyderabad and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, has launched a flagship project – Qualcomm® aqriti™ - promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education among underprivileged girls. The initiative aims to provide increased access to STEM education and to address community perceptions on gender equality through various outreach programs. Through this collaboration, Qualcomm will contribute to building facilities that enable a quality education for girls in schools.

Qualcommaqriti has been launched in Hyderabad and Bengaluru in association with UnitedWay of Hyderabad and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement respectively. The projectwill focus on providing STEM labs and learning tools which help students tostrengthen the concepts in Science and Mathematics. It will also providetechnical mentorship and allied activities including special coaching, exposurevisits and soft skills training like digital literacy, basic English, robotics.To motivate students and enhance their interest, the initiative will alsoprovide scholarships and rewards for top performing students pursuing highereducation in STEM fields. 

“AtQualcomm we deeply care for STEM education, and by contributing to initiativeslike Qualcomm aqriti we aim at inspiring greater diversity in these fields andexpanding opportunities for underrepresented girl students,” said ArchanaNirwan, senior director of Human Resources, Qualcomm Incorporated. “Westrongly believe that supporting STEM learning and encouraging young women topursue STEM careers will empower a new generation of great innovators, supportwomen’s and girls’ economic and social advancement and provide technologycompanies with the diverse skills and perspectives needed to thrive

 “Withinitiatives like ‘aqriti’ we are going to create a world with equalopportunities for both girls and boys. With support from Qualcomm, SwamiVivekananda Youth Movement and United Way of Hyderabad, we will create aninclusive work force that will not only provide us with innovations but willalso help us develop new set of solutions to deal with challenges in thefuture,” said, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of theIndustries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT)Departments, Telangana Government. 

“UnitedWay of Hyderabad is excited to be associated with this cause. We firmly believethat the solutions we create for communities around the world go beyondshort-term welfare of the society. It’s not just the students, but the familiesas well who benefit from this STEM education program. Through Qualcomm aqritiwe are going to encourage young girls in the field of Science and Technology sothat they are equipped with to deal with real world problems,” said Ms.Rekha Srinivasan, Executive Director, United Way of Hyderabad. 

“Through theyears, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement has made a conscious effort to createexperiential and child-centered learning. Along with Qualcomm and United Way ofHyderabad, we are bringing students and educators into a dedicated space tofoster problem-solving, creativity and collaboration to help develop criticalskills needed for today’s jobs,” said Shri Praveen Kumar S, Joint Secretary andDirector Science Education, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement. 

Theimprovement of STEM infrastructure in schools (co-ed as well as girls schools)as well as on-ground engagement with local communities and families on theimportance of education and STEM, will aid in boosting girl child enrolmentrates in schools in the long run, reduction in dropout rates of girls andincrease in girl students’ enrolment in long term STEM related careers.

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