BOOKS OF THE WEEK
Making Dreams Come True
The Story of the Tech Mahindra Foundation
By - Vinod C. Khanna
In just over five years of its existence, the Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) has helped bring about a significant change for the better in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children and youth. Funded entirely by Tech Mahindra, the well-known IT company belonging to the Mahindra Group, it has risen to the Herculean challenge of providing them educational opportunities from primary schooling to vocational training. In this endeavour, it lays special emphasis on those who are more vulnerable: the girl child, the physically challenged and religious minorities. And with each passing year, its philanthropic operations and its successes continue to grow, bringing hope to an ever increasing number of disadvantaged young people.
Making Dreams Come True provides valuable insights into how a medium-sized private foundation has become a significant contributor to some of the country s most important developmental goals. Moreover, it is a testament to the passion and hard work of not only the TMF and its personnel but also the others involved in this important project of building a more inclusive India for the future the NGOs, the teachers, the technicians and the determined young children who dare to dream big.
About the Author :
Vinod C. Khanna was educated in St. Xavier s College, Bombay, and the Queen s College, Oxford. A former diplomat, he served as India s Ambassador in Cuba, Indonesia and Bhutan. For the last fifteen years he has been in the development sector with special interest in the education of the underprivileged. He is the founder-trustee of Pratham Delhi Education Inititiative. He was the head of Tech Mahindra Foundation from 2007 to 2012.