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MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
I am heartedly grateful to DR. SWATANTRA KUMAR (AC. DIRECTOR OF FIMT) for allowing me to undertake my project under his guidance. It is the result of his esteem kindness that I am able to complete my project. I exploit this opportunity in express sense of gratitude and indebtedness whole heatedly to MR. HARSHIT AGRAWAL for his encouragement while carrying out study of our project work on petrochemicals. I express my profound debts of gratitude to the Principal of Infosys technologies limited, DR. SANGITA SAXENA for providing me necessary facility and generous treatment during academic year. I am really thankful to all the members of FIMT for providing me the necessary help required during the project period.
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TABLE OF CONTENT
➢ Introduction ➢ Company profile 1- History 2- Profile 3- Management ➢ Evaluation of Infosys ➢ Company back ground ➢ Initiative ➢ Swot Analysis ➢ Vision and Mission ➢ Researches ➢ Factor’s of success 1- Delivering locally relevant business value 2- Building the brand 3- Coherent market strategy 4- Investing in enterprises ➢ Achievement ➢ Future Plans 1- Global sourcing 2- Business value 3- Moving beyond application development 4- Enterprises solution ➢ Comparative conclusion ➢ Bibliography
➢ Introduction- Infosys Technologies Limited is an information technology
Services Company headquartered in Bangalore, India. Infosys is one of the largest IT companies in India with 105,453 professionals (including subsidiaries) as of Nov 9, 2009. It has offices in 22 countries and development centers in India, China, Australia, UK, Canada and Japan. Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY) was started in 1981 by seven people with US$ 250. Today, we are a global leader in the "next generation" of IT and consulting with revenues of over US$ 4 billion. Infosys defines designs and delivers technology-enabled business solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a Flat World. Infosys also provides a complete range of services by leveraging our domain and business expertise and strategic alliances with leading technology providers. Our offerings span business and technology consulting, application services, systems integration, product engineering, custom software development, maintenance, re-engineering, independent testing and validation services, IT infrastructure services and business process outsourcing.
Infosys pioneered the Global Delivery Model (GDM), which emerged as a disruptive force in the industry leading to the rise of offshore outsourcing. The GDM is based on the principle of taking work to the location where the best talent is available, where it makes the best economic sense, with the least amount of acceptable risk. Infosys has a global footprint with over 50 offices and development centers in India, China, Australia, the Czech Republic, Poland, the UK, Canada and Japan. Infosys and its subsidiaries have 105,453 employees as on September 30, 2009 Infosys takes pride in building strategic long-term client relationships. Over 97% of our revenues come from existing customers.
➢ Company profile
1- History- Infosys was founded on July 2, 1981 in Pune by N. R. Narayana Murthy and seven others: Nandan Nilekani, N. S. Raghavan, Kris Gopalakrishnan, S. D. Shibulal, K. Dinesh and Ashok Arora, with N. S. Raghavan officially being the first employee of the company. Patel started the company by borrowing INR 10,000 from his wife Sudha Murthy. The company was incorporated as "Infosys Consultants Pvt Ltd.", with Raghavan's house in Model Colony, north-central Bengaluru as the registered office. This page in 1982, Infosys opened an office in Bangalore which soon became its headquarters. Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, India
Infosys went public in 1993. Interestingly, Infosys IPO was undersubscribed but it was "bailed out" by US investment banker Morgan Stanley which picked up 13% of equity at the offer price of Rs. 95 per share. The share price surged to Rs. 8,100
by 1999 making it the costliest share on the market at the time.
According to Forbes magazine, since listing on the Bombay Stock Exchange till the year 2000, Infosys' sales and earnings compounded at more than 70% a year. In the year 2000, President of the United States Bill Clinton complimented India on its achievements in high technology areas citing the example of Infosys. In 2001, it was rated Best Employer in India by Business Today. Infosys won the Global MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises) award, for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005, being the only Indian company to win this award and is inducted into the Global Hall of Fame for the same. Infosys was rated best employer to work for in 2000, 2001, and 2002 by Hewitt Associates. In 2007, Infosys
Received over 1.3 million applications and hired fewer than 3% of applicants. Business Week reported that Infosys, along with Wipro and Tata accounted for nearly 80% of the [H-1B] visa petitions approved in 2007 for the top 10 participants in the program. In April 2009, Forbes rated Infosys among the 5 best performing companies in the software and services sector in the world. In 2009, Infosys was considered one of the Business Week’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. BPO building, Banglor campus
From December 2008 till April 2009, Infosys fired over 2500 employees for poor performance. The company has been hit hard by lower income from a crisis hit European and North American market. On April 15, 2009 Infosys reported its first ever sequential fall in its revenue in a decade during the March 2009 quarter.
Public BSE: 500209 NASDAQ: INFY July 2, 1981 N R Narayana Murthy Nandan Nilekani N. S. Raghavan Kris Gopalakrishnan S. D. Shibulal K. Dinesh Ashok Arora
Bangalore, India Parth Patel (Chairman) Kris Gopalakrishnan (CEO) & (MD) S. D. Shibulal (COO) & (Director)
IT Services Information technology consulting services and solutions
Reve nue Operating income Net income
$ 4.663 billion (2009) $ 1.374 billion (2009
$ 1.281 billion (2009)
$ 4.376 billion (2009)
$ 3.784 billion (2009)
105,453(2009) Infosys BPO Infosys Consulting Infosys Public Services Infosys Australia Infosys Brazil Infosys China Infosys Mexico Infosys Sweden Infosys.com
Global OfficesAsia Pacific- India - Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mysore campus Pune campus Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Australia - Melbourne, Sydney and China Beijing, Shanghai. Hong Kong - Hong Kong, Japan - Tokyo, Mauritius - Mauritius, New Zealand - Wellington, UAE - Sharjah, Philippines - Taguig City, Fiji Island - Suva, Rajasthan Bikaner
The largest TV screen in Asia, Bangalore campus And Thailand – Bangkok
North America- Canada – Toronto , USA - Atlanta (GA), Bellevue (WA), Bridgewater (NJ), Charlotte (NC), Southfield (MI), Fremont (CA), Houston (TX), Glastonbury (CT), Lake Forest (CA), Lisle (IL), New York, Phoenix (AZ), Plano (TX), Quincy (MA), Reston (VA) and Mexico – Monterrey. • Europe- Belgium - Brussels, Denmark - Copenhagen, Finland Helsinki, France - Paris, Germany - Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Italy Milano, Norway - Oslo, Poland - Łódź, the Netherlands Utrecht, Spain - Madrid, Burgos, Sweden - Stockholm, Switzerland - Zürich, Geneva and UK - Canary Wharf, London. • South America- Brazil - Belo Horizonte
3- Board of Directors Business and Department Heads
Infosys Members of the Board
Srinath Batni Director and Head, Delivery Excellence
K. Dinesh Director and Head, Communication Design Group, Information Systems and Quality and Productivity
Rama Bijapurkar Independent Director
Dr. Omkar Goswami Independent Director
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
N. R. Narayana Murthy Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor
T. V. Mohandas Pai Director and Head, Finacle, Admin, Human Resources, Infosys Leadership Institute and Education and Research
S. D. Shibulal Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board
Jeffrey Sean Lehman Independent Director
K. V. Kamath Independent Director
David L. Boyles Independent Director
Dr. Marti G. Subrahmanyam Lead Independent Director
Claude Smadja Independent Director
Deepak M. Satwalekar Independent Director
➢ Evaluation of InfosysIn February 2001, Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Infosys) was voted as the best managed company in Asia in the Information Technology sector, by Euro money’s Fifth Annual Survey of Best Managed Companies in Asia. Infosys was started in 1981, with an equity capital of Rs.10,000 brought by seven professional entrepreneurs led by Narayana Murthy, Chairman and CEO of Infosys. By 2000, Infosys’ market capitalization reached Rs.11 billion. By 2001, Infosys was one of the biggest exporters of software from India.
From the beginning, Narayana Murthy focused on the world’s most challenging market - the US. He had two reasons for this. First, there was no market for software in India at the time. He believed that Indian software companies should export products in which they had a competitive advantage...
Company background- Infosys Technologies Limited,
incorporated in the Year 1981 provides consulting and IT services. Infosys has been a pioneer in offering innovative Solutions to its clients. The company offers a wide Range of software services, namely application Development and maintenance, corporate Performance management, independent validation Services, infrastructure services, packaged Application services and product engineering and Systems integration. Infosys was the first Indian company to be listed on The NASDAQ Stock Exchange. The company Reported a consolidated net profit of US$ 152.1 Million for the quarter ending March, 2009. It has five subsidiaries globally – Progeon Limited, Infosys Technology (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Infosys Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Progeon S.R.O. (Czech Republic) and Infosys Consulting Inc. It has Presence across the globe with 30 offices spread Over USA, Europe, Australia and Asia. It currently Employs people from 53 different nations. Though the USA has been the main source of
Revenue for Infosys, the company is looking into Expanding into Europe and Asia. Infosys (Australia) Has won several new clients and Infosys (China) is Focusing on serving the local clientele. It’s high-end Services occupy a premium position in the Japanese Markets and the growth rates are consolidating Across Europe. Infosys has a growth rate of over 50% and more Than half a billion dollars in revenues in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, Infosys Is one of the fastest growing Consulting and IT Services organizations in EMEA region. Company’s revenue from Europe increased From US$ 340.3 million in 2007-08 to US$ 495.6 In 2008-09, representing a growth rate of 45.6% per annum.
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Aerospace and Defense Airlines Automotive Banking and Capital Markets Communication Services Consumer Packaged Goods Discrete Manufacturing Education Energy Healthcare High Technology Hospitality and Leisure Insurance Life Sciences Logistics and Distribution Manufacturing Publishing Resources Retail Studios and Networks Utilities
Consulting ServicesThe days of flying an entire team of business consultants to a client site, incurring the high costs of travel, and thinking about problems with a local perspective are over. We knew that clients were tired of this old model of consulting. As the pioneer of the Global Delivery Model, we developed a new model for consulting based on a simple idea: A blended offering of high quality business consulting onsite with impeccable technology implementation offsite. IT Services• Application Services • Architecture Services • Independent Validation Services • Information Management Services • Infrastructure Services • Knowledge Services • Packaged Application Services • SOA Services • Systems Integration Services Engineering Services• Lifecycle Management • Manufacturing Process and Plant Solutions • Product Engineering
Infosys' Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services combine domain expertise, process skills and technology to deliver world-class process outsourcing. Infosys BPO is an end-to-end outsourcing services provider. We address your business challenges through our integrated IT and business process outsourcing solutions. We unlock business value by applying proven process methodologies and business excellence frameworks to significantly reduce costs, enhance effectiveness and optimize business processes. Infosys BPO is a global company with 12 delivery centers across the Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe and India. Our business solutions and leadership have been recognized by several global forums. We are an equal-opportunity employer and continue to be regarded for our global people excellence practices
➢ InitiativeInfosys has the largest corporate university in the world, located on its Mysore campus.
In 1996, Infosys created the Infosys Foundation in the state of Karnataka, operating in the areas of health care, social rehabilitation and rural uplift, education, arts and culture. Since then, this foundation has spread to the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Orissa and Punjab. The Infosys Foundation is headed by Mrs. Sudha Murthy, wife of Chairman Narayana Murthy. Since 2004, Infosys has embarked on a series of initiatives to consolidate and formalize its academic relationships worldwide under the umbrella of a program called ACE - Academic Entente. Through case study writing, participation in academic conferences and university events, research collaborations, hosting study trips to Infosys Development Centers and running the Instep Global Internship Program, the company
communicates with important stakeholders in the academia. Infosys' Global Internship Program, known as Instep, is one of the key components of the Academic Entente initiative. It offers live projects to interns from the universities around the world. Instep recruits undergraduate, graduate and PhD
students from business, technology, and liberal arts universities to take part in an 8 to 24 week internship at one of Infosys' global offices. Instep interns are also provided career opportunities with Infosys. In 1997 Infosys started the "Catch them Young Programme", to expose the urban youth to the world of Information Technology by conducting a summer vacation programme. The programme is aimed at developing an interest and understanding of computer science and information technology. This programme is targeted at students in Grade IX level.
In 2002, the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and Infosys started the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award. This technology award recognizes enterprises and individuals who have transformed their businesses and the society leveraging information technology. Past winners include Samsung, Amazon.com, Capital One, RBS and ING Direct. Infosys also has the largest training center for a private sector organization in Asia. The training center is located in Mysore, Karnataka. It currently accommodates 4,500 trainees each year. In 2009 a new training center has been opened which accommodates 10,000 trainee software professionals. This new center is also located in Mysore. In 2008, Infosys along with National Institute of Advanced Studies created 'Infosys Mathematics Prize' for excellence in Mathematics research.
Swot analysis- Infosys is one of the largest businesses in
India with a turnover in excess of $4 billion in 2008. The company specializes in Information Technology (IT) and consulting. N.R. Narayana Murthy and six others started the company in 1981, and it is now the largest IT Company in India with its headquarters in Bangalore (although it was started in Pune). It employs more than 90,000 IT professionals and was famously rated 'Best Employer in India.' It operates in a number of business sectors from banking to retail, and its services tend to encompass endto-end IT solutions which includes a whole bundle of added-value solutions from infrastructure to software engineering.
Since the company is based in India its competitive advantage is enhanced. The Indian economy, despite weak
economic indicators such as relatively high rates of inflation, has low labor costs. The workforce has relatively high skills levels in Information Technology. Couple these two elements together and you have an operational basis that offers low-cost based, highly skilled competitive advantage. Trained Indian personnel often speak very good English and are sensitive to Western culture, underpinned by India's colonial past. Infosys is in a strong financial position. The business turned over more than $4 billion in 2008. This means that it has the capital to expand, and also the basis to leverage potential investors. The company has bases in 44 global development centers, most of which are located in India, although the company has offices in
many developed and developing nations. This means not only that Infosys is
becoming a global brand but also that it has the capability to support the global operations of multinational clients.
Infosys on occasion struggles in the US markets, and has particular problems in securing United States Federal Government contracts in North America. Since these contracts are highly profitable and tend to run for long periods of time, Infosys is missing out on lucrative business. Added to this is the fact that its competitors do well in terms of securing the same Federal business (and one should also take into account that many of its competitors are domiciled in the US and there could be political pressure on the US Government to award contracts to domestic organizations). Despite being a huge IT company in relation to its Indian competitors, Infosys is much smaller than its global competitors. As discussed above, Infosys generated $4 billion in 2008, which is relatively low in comparison with large global competitors such as Hewlett-
Packard ($91 billion), IBM ($91 billion), EDS ($21 billion) and Accenture ($18 billion). It is sometimes argued that Infosys is weaker when it comes to high-end management consultancy, since it tends to work at the level of operational value creation. Competitors such as IBM and Accenture tend to dominate this space. Opportunities At a time of recession in the global economy, it may appear that some companies will reduce take up of services that Infosys offers. However, in tough times clients tend to focus upon cost reduction and outsourcing - with are strategies that Infosys offers. So hard times could be profitable for Infosys. There is a new and emerging market in China as the country undergoes a huge industrial revolution. The strategic alliance between Infosys and Schlumberger gives the IT company access to lucrative business in the gas and oil industries.
There has been a trend over recent years for European and North American companies to base some or all of their operation in India. This is called an offshore service. Essentially there is a seamless link between domestic operations and services hosted in India. Examples include telecommunications companies such as British Telecom and banks such as HSBC that have customer service and support centers based in India. Think about the times that you have made calls to a support line to find that the adviser is in Mumbai or Bangalore and not in your home market.
India is not the only country that is undergoing rapid industrial expansion. Competitors may come from countries such as China or Korea where there are large pools of low-cost labor, and developing educational infrastructures such as universities and technology colleges.
Customers may switch to other offshore service companies in other countries such as China or Korea.
Other global players have realized that India has the benefit of low-cost, highly-skilled labor that often speaks English and is culturally sensitive to Western practices. As with all global IT players, Infosys has to compete for skilled labor and this may have the effect of driving up wage levels, and making it more difficult to recruit and retain staff.
➢ Vision and Mission-
Infosys International Inc. has a solid reputation as a business and information technology consulting company.
To help our clients meet their goals through our people, services and solutions
Infosys International Inc. is dedicated to providing the people, services and solutions our clients need to meet their information technology challenges and business goals.
Work to understand the needs and requirements of our clients before proposing a solution. Develop responsive proposals that provide costeffective solutions to our clients needs
Deploy the right mix of people and products to deliver value-added services and solutions to our clients Follow-up on the quality of our services and solutions to our clients
Appreciate the trust that our clients put in us as we work with them to improve their business and information technology.
Researches- One of the major initiatives taken by Infosys in
terms of research was to develop a corporate R&D wing called Software Engineering and Technology Labs (SETLabs). SETLabs was founded in 2000 to carry out applied research for the
development of processes, frameworks and methodologies to effectively capture customer requirements and to iron out common critical issues during a project lifecycle.
Factors of success1-
Delivering locally relevant business value- Infosys has been
able to customize its services And solutions to the requirement of its clients. Infosys has delivered enhanced customer value To its UK clients- evidenced by the 90 per cent Plus repeat business that the company generates. Understanding client-specific needs and the value Proposition has been key to this. Example is The creation of specific services around regulatory
Compliance that are region specific. 2-Building the brand- Infosys has adopted an aggressive strategy for Marketing and branding in the UK. The company Created coherent campaigns that utilize multiple Channels, including events, PR activities, analyst Relations, investor relations web based online Marketing and direct marketing. Using these Channels, the company focuses on creating positive
Perceptions with the clients, industry association Media and policy and decision makers. These Branding efforts paved the way in establishing Infosys a well-recognized brand in the UK.
3- Coherent Market Strategy- Infosys has made
strategic investments in the UK with a clear focus on future expansion plans. The range of investment encompass not only Infrastructure, but also covers areas such as Human resource, technology and networking Infrastructure. These investments have enabled Infosys to increase its new client penetration Rate and have helped in attracting the best
Of global talent.
Achievement- Infosys has consistently been honored by
customers, industry bodies, media and other influencers. The following are among the recognitions we received over the past year: Infosys was ranked among the top 50 most respected companies in the world by Reputation Institute’s Global Reputation Pulse 2009. We have been voted the 'Most Admired Indian Company' in The Wall Street Journal Asia 200 for 10 years in a row since 2000. We won Sears Holding Corporation's Partners in Progress award for the second consecutive year. We also won HDS' Diamond Award for 'Best Virtualization Strategy' and Platinum Award for 'Best Green Strategy for a Data Center'. Infosys was also listed in the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) 2008 study and Forbes' Asian Fabulous 50 for the fourth consecutive year. We were ranked among 'India's Best Companies to Work For - 2009' in a survey by the Great Place to Work Institute and conferred with the NASSCOM gender inclusivity award. Asset magazine acclaimed our Corporate Governance, acknowledging our corporate policies and practices as amongst the best in the industry.
Future Plans- Infosys has ambitious growth plans for the region.
In order to achieve this, Infosys intends to increase Its new client penetration and at the same time Expand on the scope of operations with its existing Clients. Infosys intends to do this by focusing On the following areas: 1- Global SourcingInfosys global sourcing strategy is aligned with Its business strategy, thereby enhancing the Operational efficiency and delivering value added Services to clients globally. The company has Structured its business processes and IT services Into various modules thus leading to leading to Enhanced flexibility and productivity. Infosys plans To be the benchmark for global sourcing offerings In the UK market. 2- Business valueInfosys is a technology enabled business
Transformation Company offering value added Solutions to its clients. It plans to penetrate further In the UK market by providing advance technology Products and services that enable its clients to
Transform the way they operate.
3- Moving beyond Application DevelopmentInfosys offers a range of services beyond its Traditional strengths in Application DevelopmentIncluding BPO, infrastructure maintenance, software Service, etc. The company already has a strong Foothold in the infrastructure and F&A segments. It plans to expand its offerings in other service Area as well.
Enterprise SolutionsInfosys has plans to aggressively focus on the Package enterprise applications such as SAP and Oracle Suite. The company is also planning To increase its focus on the service oriented Architecture (SOA) for solutions to its clients. These are expected to bolster the company’s Presence in the growing enterprise solution Market.
Comparative conclusion- Infosys Foundation has worked to
support the underprivileged in society and enrich their lives. Promoted by Infosys Technologies Limited, the Foundation began its work in Karnataka, India, gradually extending its activities to the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab. It has successfully implemented projects in four key focus areas:
Making high-quality healthcare the norm is an ongoing challenge. Since its inception, the Foundation has initiated several activities that benefit the rural and urban poor. Apart from constructing hospital wards, donating hitech equipment and organizing health camps, the Foundation also distributes medicines to economically-weaker sections in remote areas. The Foundation constructed the Infosys Super-specialty Hospital on the Sassoon Hospital premises in Pune. This hospital caters to poor patients It has spread its donations for medicines to aged and poor patients suffering from cancer, leprosy, and defects of the heart/kidney, mental illnesses and other major disorders. It helps this section meet
substantial medical expenses and assures them of a steady source of income for their treatment The Foundation installed office management software at the KEM Hospital in Mumbai. This enables the hospital to manage store requirements, keep accounts as well as publish hospital papers and other information on the Web • Additional blocks have been built at the Swami Sivananda Centenary Charitable Hospital at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu • Additional blocks have also been built at the Bangalore Diabetic Hospital • A dharmashala was constructed at the Kidwai Cancer Institute in Bangalore • The Foundation constructed a pediatric hospital at the Capitol Hospital in Bhubaneswar, which caters to poor patients. A CT-scan machine was also donated to the hospital • Additional wards were built at the Swami Shivananda Memorial Charitable Hospital in Pattumadai, Tamil Nadu • The annex to a cancer hospital in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu was added • A hospital was built for tribals at H.D. Kote, Mysore.
• In Bellary, a hospital was constructed to treat patients with brain fever • The Foundation air-conditioned the burns ward of the Victoria Hospital, Bangalore
Learning and education
Basic education links the children, whether of the cities or villages, to all that is best and lasting in India," said Mahatma Gandhi. At no time have his words been more prophetic, than now. In a world where education has become the biggest differentiating factor, the Foundation offers an edge to deprived and rural students, through its activities In what is one of the largest rural education programs in the country, the foundation has donated 10,200 sets of books in Karnataka alone, and in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa and Kerala, under its Library for Every Rural School project. Through this program, the Foundation has set up more than 10,150 libraries in rural government schools. A minimum of 200 books, depending on the strength of the school, is provided. Each set has around 200 to 250 books. The cost of each set ranges between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 3,000. Books on various subjects, including science, history, mathematics, general knowledge, grammar, literature, geography, vocational training and
fiction have been donated to cater to the interests of students in all age groups to simplify the standard of computer education for
students in rural areas, a separate book has been written and is being distributed under the library project. This book has also been translated into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu In another innovative project that facilitates higher learning, the Foundation has set up libraries in Hubli and Bangalore that can be accessed by under-privileged students. These well-equipped libraries have the latest books prescribed in hi-tech streams like medicine and engineering. All a student has to do is pay a deposit of Rs 800 for unlimited use of the library through his or her education To identify and help students in dire need, the Foundation works with Prerna, an NGO in Raichur and Bangalore, and Vidya Poshak in Dharwad, to distribute scholarships to poor students. With the help of these organizations, the Foundation reaches out to deserving students across Karnataka The Foundation has also made donations towards the reconstruction of old school buildings. For instance, 14 government schools in slum areas of Hyderabad were reconstructed The Foundation has also renovated the Gandhinagar, Kottara St. Peter's School and Kapikad Zilla Panchayat schools in
Mangalore, Karnataka It also contributes towards the construction of additional classrooms, school funds/corpus funds, school furniture, equipment and so on, especially in backward areas The Foundation recently purchased an index Braille printer for the Sharada Devi
Andhara Vikasa Kendra in Shimoga, Karnataka The Foundation donated study material, including science kits, to 20 schools in rural Karnataka Donations have also been made towards computer centers in rural areas of Karnataka The Foundation works with various organizations in Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Orissa, to facilitate the education of slum children in these states The Foundation collaborated with the Center for Environment Education (CEE), Bangalore, for the orientation of teachers specializing in science and the environment. The Center developed training material on water. During the program, it linked the Science and Social Studies curriculum with the environmental perspective. Around 15 camps were held in various parts of Karnataka over the last 3 years. Totally, around 1,000 teachers were trained It helps the Bangalore Association for Science towards the development and maintenance of the planetarium in Bangalore, including funding of
the sky-theater program at the planetarium The Foundation constructed a science center at a rural school in the Kolar District of Karnataka, a one-of-its-kind center in the entire district. It caters to
the students of the school, as well as schools in the neighboring villages it made a contribution to fund new self-employment courses at post graduation and post matriculation levels at the Nrupathunga Educational Institute in Hyderabad.
Art and culture
Preserving our rich heritage and honoring our artisans are some of the ways the Infosys Foundation contributes to this space The Foundation has helped revive the art of the weavers of Pochampalli village in Andhra PradeshIt helps organize cultural programs to promote artists in rural areas of Karnataka and Andhra PradeshIt traces and honors artistes from different parts of India Today, the scope of the foundation's activities has widened to identifying under-privileged artists from different walks of like, be it writers, painters, poets or musicians, who don't have access to contacts or help. It assists them on a "need" basis, offering
financial assistance, promoting their art, or helping them receive muchdeserved recognition It organizes programs like puppet shows and other cultural events to encourage artistes and performers in rural areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and offers them financial assistance to carry forward their art In Karnataka, the Gamaka form of music was fast disappearing. A few years ago, The Foundation coordinated a project to donate more than 200 sets - comprising a Gamaka cassette and record player - to 100 rural schools in Karnataka, to bring the dying art form back to lifeIt has
sponsored art exhibitions and performing arts programs in Dharwad and Bangalore in Karnataka.
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