Samsung India Partners with Karnataka Government to Donate Notebooks and Pens students

BENGALURU, India – August 21, 2017 – Samsung India has collaborated with the Government of Karnataka for a notebook donation drive to extend its support to students from government schools across Bengaluru, Kolar and Mulbaghal districts in the state.

A team ofvolunteers from Samsung R&D Institute, Bengaluru visited over 450 schoolsand distributed 160,000 notebooks and 38,500 pens to over 30,000 students intwo days. 

“As amarket leader, Samsung caters to the needs of its consumers with meaningfulinnovations and quality products, and also pledges to contribute to the needsof the society to create a better life for people. The notebook donationdrive, through which we have been able to reach out to over 30,000 students inKarnataka, is a small step in that direction,” said Mr. Dipesh Shah,Managing Director, Samsung R&D Institute, Bengaluru. 

Earlier thisyear, Samsung donated stationery items such as dictionaries, exam pads,geometry boxes, bags and stationery pouches to around 500 schools in Karnataka. 

Anotherimportant milestone was the agreement with Government of Karnataka to help thestate efficiently manage its public healthcare facilities. As part of theagreement, Samsung Research & Development Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B)provided over 1,000 Samsung Tab IRIS devices to the Department of Health,Government of Karnataka. Samsung Tab IRIS, the first commercial tablet to beapproved by UIDAI for Aadhaar and KYC verification, is enabling Public HealthCenters (PHC) in the state to build their database in a digital format. 

Samsung beganits journey in India in 1995, and in over two decades, it has grown into one ofthe country’s biggest consumer product companies, with 2 manufacturing plants,5 R&D centres, 1 design centre, 1.5 lakh retail outlets and over 70,000employees. Samsung is also India’s Most Trusted Brand and is pioneering localmanufacturing through its ‘Make for India’ initiative. 

SamsungIndia Citizenship Initiatives

SamsungSmart Class, the Company’s flagship citizen program in India, promotes digitaleducation among underprivileged students, especially in rural India. Thisinitiative aims to bridge the digital gap between rural and urban India andprovide equal opportunities for quality education to children from allbackgrounds. Since 2013, over 470 Samsung Smart Class have been set up atJawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools across the length and breadth of Indiabenefitting over 2.5 lakh students. In addition, over 8,000 teachers have beentrained on how to use interactive technology to teach. 

The Companyhas also established Samsung Technical Schools in partnership with the Ministryof Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India and ITIsin the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Rajasthan and Delhi, to addressthe need for talented manpowerwith practical know-how and relevant industry experience. Students at the 22Samsung Technical Schools also benefit from exposure to Samsung manufacturingfacilities and authorized service centers. Till date, Samsung Technical Schoolshave provided technical training for job opportunities to over 2,000 youth. 

One of theCompany’s key citizenship initiatives is the Samsung Smart Healthcare programthat has been designed to support the Government’s efforts to provide the bestof healthcare to millions of citizens especially from the economically weakersections. Through this program, Samsung provides government hospitals itsinnovative healthcare equipment such as ultrasound, digital radiology andaccessories, with the aim to make affordable healthcare accessible to the largenumber of patients at select Government hospitals in Chennai, Mumbai,Bengaluru, Gurugram and Delhi.

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