Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, announced the extension of its corporate social responsibility program, ‘Road to School’, to another 102 schools in Hosur district. After Shoolagiri, Thally, Minjur, Puzhal and Namakkal, Ashok Leyland will help improve the primary and middle school education in government schools in Hosur area by covering more schools in Thally and Shoolagiri Blocks, and new schools in Kelamangalam Blocks. The purpose of the program is to bring about social equality in the remote villages where Ashok Leyland works in. With this addition, the program will positively impact over 25,000 students and 255 schools. Inauguration of this expansion of Ashok Leyland’s CSR initiative was done by Mrs. K P Maheswari, Chief Educational Officer, Krishnagiri. It was followed by a special address by Mr. K Subramani, District Educational Officer, Hosur and Mr. C Sekar, District Educational Officer, Denkanikottah.
Mr. N.V Balachandar, President HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland, has been nurturing this initiative and has seen it grow from strength to strength. He said, "For us, Road to School, is not just a CSR program, it is something that is dear to all of us. Ashok Leyland employees are very attached to this program and devote a lot of personal time engaging with the children. We truly believe in the power of education and the lasting impact it can have on one’s life. The journey till now has been very satisfying and humbling for us. With Hosur schools becoming part of this family, we are excited to make a larger impact in building our country’s future."
‘Road to School’ helps nurture both scholastic and co-scholastic development of children from government schools in remote locations covering health, hygiene, physical and emotional development including sports.
‘Road to School’ program was started in the year 2015 at 36 schools in Shoolagiri and Thally, and in 2016, the program was extended to another 72 schools covering Thally, Puzhal and Minjur near the Ashok Leyland Mother Plant and Technical Research Center in Chennai.
In 2017, the success of the program encouraged the company to further extend it to 45 schools in Namakkal district, where most of the driver’s children reside. Now, with this addition of 102 schools in the year 2018, Ashok Leyland has extended the program to a total of 255 schools.