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Reliance Foundation to set up a university: Nita Ambani

PTI Mumbai | Updated on March 11, 2018 Published on March 11, 2018

Reliance Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the country, plans to set up a university for cutting-edge research and innovation as well as nurturing future leaders, musicians, scientists and Olympians, said its founder-Chairperson Nita Ambani.

Speaking at an event last evening, she said sports and education are the two pillars on which ‘India tomorrow’ will rise.

With her husband Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director, in the audience, she delivered a talk titled ‘The Great Equaliser: Sports and Education For All.’

“Even the world’s best and biggest companies have a finite lifespan. But educational institutions are timeless. They live and breathe and grow in the generations whom they empower,” she said.

And that is why, Reliance Foundation is planning to set up a world-class university, she said.

The university, she said, will collaborate with the top universities around the world and prepare future generations to face the world, with knowledge and skills.

Ambani said India is home to one sixth of humanity and half of its population is under the age of 25.

“One-fifth of all young people in the world are Indians. In the next two decades, while the world ages, India is poised to become younger. India’s youth will build India’s tomorrow,” she said. “Mukesh and I have a big dream and a firm commitment — to make the Right Education, and the Right to Education available to all.”

Challenges to education

Reliance Foundation has established 14 schools, educating over 16,000 children annually.

“Our newest two schools are in Uttarakhand. These are the schools that were completely destroyed during the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, which we have rebuilt now,” she said.

Stating that scarcity of quality teachers and the lack of infrastructure continue to be India’s major challenges, she said creative and quality content as well as innovative and cost-effective methods are the need of the hour.

Published on March 11, 2018
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