This is the 3rd IFF-sponsored READ Centre in the country, and very first READ’s project in the state focusing on improving reading and writing skills among children
The Sri City based International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) India Private Limited Inc., a leading innovator of taste, scent and nutrition, in collaboration with READ India, a non-profit organisation, under its CSR programme, launched a READ Community Library & Resource Center (CLRC) at Irugulam, a village in Sri City vicinity, on Wednesday. Mr. M.G. Prakash, Managing Director, IFF India declared the CLRC inaugurated in the presence of Dr. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director, READ India, Mr. Ramesh Subramaniam, President, Sri City Foundation, Dr. Ragashree Kishore, Dean, Library Sciences, Kreya University, Mr. Chandy Thambi, Director (Legal), Greater Asia, IFF, a host of senior officials of IFF and Sri City, and the public of Irugulam.
Explaining about the very intent of setting up the CLRC at Irugulam, Dr. Geeta Malhotra said that with the support of sponsors, READ establishes Community Library and Resource Centres (READ CLRC) by partnering with rural communities across India. “We are reaching out to these communities through 228 Villages, 18 districts, spread across 12 states through various projects supported by Corporates and Government,” she added.
Addressing the gathering Mr. M.G. Prakash said that IFF puts efforts for promoting education and community development in different parts of the country, and appealed the local community to effectively make use of all the resources of CLRC.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ravindra Sannareddy, Founder Managing Director, Sri City said,”IFF’s community-focused efforts being rendered through READ India are highly appreciable. We are glad that READ’s CLRC is getting inaugurated at Irugulam, and we are confident that the local community, particularly the students and women, will certainly derive benefits from it.”
Complimenting IFF for taking the initiative of setting up the very first Community Resource Centre in the vicinity of Sri City, Mr. Ramesh Subramaniam assured all support from Sri City Foundation.
Calling upon the public, particularly the children and women to visit the CLRC, Dr. Ragashree Kishore highlighted the importance of library and its services.
This is the 3rd IFF-sponsored READ CLRC in the country, and very first one in the state focusing on improving reading and writing skills among children, and youth development and health awareness. READ (Rural Education and Development) India, an arm of READ Global, offers information and opportunities to rural communities that lack basic educational facilities. The CLRC includes a library, a computer room, a training hall and sections for children and women. The centre will organise activities and programmes for training the community members in specialised skills. The specific services offered will be determined based on a needs assessment in each community, but will include literacy and life skills courses, health and sanitation programmes and career counselling, with a focus on women and youth. The library will be equipped with 2000 books, including audio – video content for digital based learning. Besides spoken english resources, the library will have E-content for competitive examination and higher education. The approximate annual budget allocated for this project is Rs. 10 Lakhs. The beneficiaries of this project will include school students, youth, women and senior citizens.(C.Ravindranath)