12 October, 2013

Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and Government of Mizoram join hands for education

The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and the Government of Mizoram signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 10, 2013 towards improving the quality of Education in Mizoram. The MoU was signed by Mr. H. D. Malesra, Trustee - Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT) and Mr. Nghinglova, Commissioner & Secretary, Education & HRD Department at an event held in the Aijal Club, Aizawl, Mizoram. The MoU extends for a period of 5 years where NRTT and the Government of Mizoram will collaborate in implementing projects to improve the quality of education in the State. Also present at the August gathering were Mr. Lalmachhuana, State Project Director - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan & Additional State Project Director - RMSA; Mr. J. H. Biakmawia, Joint Director, School Education; a host of officials from the Education Department and personnel from the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.

The signing was followed by a heartfelt rendition of Kelly Clarkson's hit, Breakaway, by C. Lalmuanpuii - a class X student from the Govt. Mizo High School. The audience was then treated to a cultural dance (Cheraw) performed by the students from the Govt. Mizo High School.

The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and Sir Ratan Tata Trust, established in 1974 and 1919 respectively, are grant-bestowing public foundations based in Bombay and are a part of the philanthropic arms of the Tata Group. Both Trusts seek to be catalysts in development through giving grants to established non-profit organisations in the thematic areas of Rural Livelihoods and Communities; Education; Health; and Arts, Crafts & Culture.

Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the Trusts propose to work in the state on a range of issues aiming at improving quality of preschool services, elementary schools, provision of teaching learning materials in local Mizo and other languages, ensuring life skill and vocational skill education for youth and adolescents, providing access to secondary schools by supporting residential facilities and use of modern Information Communication Technology tools to make teaching - learning relevant and joyful.