READ is partnering with educational institutions, charitable organizations, foundations and government agencies in India and abroad to accomplish its objectives. We have Documents of Understanding with several NGOs including Drishtee, Asha for Education, American India Foundation and Baal Vikaas Foundation in USA. We invite other like-minded organizations, interested professionals, educators and researchers to join hands with us in rural development and other educational projects. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a partner, please email us at Become a Partner.
Drishtee is a social enterprise focused exclusively on rural India. But while that puts us in a decidedly exclusive category, it doesn’t begin to tell the complete story of who Drishtee is and what makes us special.That’s because Drishtee is as much about character as capabilities. The philosophy that inspired our creation and continues to inform our every move is what enables us to develop truly innovative solutions.Like most great ideas, Drishtee was born from the passionate belief in professional solutions. The founders understood all too well the shortcomings of existing solutions to reach the people at the base of the pyramid and the difficulties and frustrations they inspired. Rather than to accept these challenges, they developed a better way to reach the people at the helm of exclusion.
American Indian Foundation (AIF) www.aifoundation.org, is another organization we are partnering with on Technical Education at RK Girls College. AIF’s mission is to provide under privileged children in India, the opportunity to enhance their learning by using Digital Technology. Considering the common objectives and overlap in AIF Digital Equalizer (DE) and REaD Technology Education programs, we have decided to implement both the programs under REaD Technology Education Center. AIF and REaD jointly planned, implemented and managed the DE program in five rural schools during 2004-2006. REaD is continuing the program as a part of Technical Education Center at RK Girls College.
AIF is a secular and non-partisan organization that adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and transparency on all operational and financial matters. The Foundation’s offices are based in New York, California and India. AIF is a tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c) (3). (Tax identification number: 13-4159765.)
We are working closely with Asha for Education on the College Scholarship & Technical Education programs. Asha is a non-profit, secular organization, registered in USA & India (www.ashanet.org), dedicated to socio-economic change in India. It was started in 1991 at University of Berkeley in 1991 and has over 35 chapters in US, India and other countries. Volunteers in each of these chapters identify educational projects in India and support them through funds and other means. Asha has more than 1000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world. Since inception, it has provided funding of over two million dollars to more than 600 projects in 20 states in India.
RKIT – RK COllege & Other India Trusts
Dr. Lakshman S. Thakur, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, USA
Born in Tewaripur, UP, and educated in Bombay and Columbia University, New York and currently a Professor in University of Connecticut, Dr. Thakur has previously been a Visiting Professor of Operations Research at Yale School of Management 1985-1987. His primary research interests are in the development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer programming methods in Management Science and function approximations in optimization mathematics. He has published in Management Science, Mathematics of Operations Research, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Optimization and Control, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Naval Research Logistics, and Computers and Operations Research. Dr. Thakur has served as a consultant to IBM Corporation on their Manpower Planning with Risk Assessment System and New Product Warranty System as well as a senior consultant and Director of Management Science in a consulting organization. He is an associate editor of Naval Research Logistics. His current research focuses on production scheduling, product design and facility location problems. His research on scheduling (with Dr. P.B. Luh) is supported by a National Science Foundation grant. He is a member of Operations Research Society of America, The Institute of Management Sciences, and Mathematical Programming Society.
Baal Vikas Foundation (www.baalvikas.org)
Baal Vikas Foundation is a US based not-for-profit organization registered with IRS under section 501(c)(3). The registered address of the organization is: 6 Clifton Lane, White Plains, NY 10605, USA, and the tax Id is: 13-4189230
The organization helps bright underprivileged students succeed in their education, career and professional lives. The help is limited to financial aid, counseling, consulting, mentorship and professional guidance by professionals and individuals who bring a strong desire and commitment for this cause.
Baal-Vikas and REaD Foundations are planning to offer joint scholarships and financial assistantships to deserving candidates in India.
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