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Wipro's education drive

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BANGALORE: School teachers in Bangalore who were part of Wipro's education initiative to enhance creativity and problem solving skills among students, received certificates from the company Chairman, Mr Azim Presmji.

Quality had been a neglected area in the Indian education system, said a Wipro press release. The program called ``Wipro Applying Thought in Schools'' was designed to address this and is an ``attempt to build future professionals who can fit into the modern work space, where thinking can be applied.''

Today's workplace looked for people with specific skills of problem solving, creative thinking, and ability to learn new skills every moment, the release said.

Indian professionals have been found to be theoretically sound, but weak when it came to the ability to question and the ability to apply knowledge to a practical real life situation.

In his address to the teachers, Mr Premji said, ``In a vast country like India, education is faced with both reach and quality dimensions. By reach I mean the issues like low literacy, high dropout rates especially in rural areas and inadequate access to education. On the other hand, quality means issues such as focus on life skills, creative thinking, application of knowledge, enjoying education etc.''

The company had an ambitious target and was committed to making this a nationwide success, he said.

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