The nation’s economic aspirations and the tremendous economic upsurge we are witnessing could come to naught if we do not focus on core areas like education and nutrition. Health, nourishment and education are the key elements for a human being to live well.
Through Isha Vidhya, our rural education initiative, we are building model schools throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. But this cannot be a comprehensive solution because creating new infrastructure is an enormous task. Government infrastructure is already present and there is no sense in building parallel infrastructure. So we have been working with the governments and now partnering with government schools in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
It is time that private corporations invest in education. This is not charity. This is an investment for the future. Charity is not a sustainable thing, but if we can make a contribution in terms of enhancing the competence and capability of those around us, that would be very effective.
The biggest challenge in the future will be to find employable human resources. Investing in health and education will create a situation that all businesses will cherish. Even when a farmer plants a coconut tree, he waits ten years to see money. This is an investment for the future that must happen.
We need to raise our children to be true contributions to the world. The next generation should be better than us.