Pratt & Whit­ney’s spon­sor­ship of eLearning Cen­ters in Hy­der­abad and Vishakha­p­at­nam builds on the ef­forts the com­pany has made in In­dia over the last decade to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers

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RE­IN­FORC­ING ITS COM­MIT­MENT TO driv­ing elec­tronic literacy in In­dia, Pratt & Whit­ney, a divi­sion of United Tech­nolo­gies Corp. com­mem­o­rated the open­ing of its 100th eLearning Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad on Novem­ber 11, 2019. The Cen­tre was com­mem­o­rated in the pres­ence of Jayesh Ran­jan, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Govern­ment of Te­lan­gana. Also present at the oc­ca­sion were Geoff Hunt, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent – Engi­neer­ing, P&W and Amit Pathak, Gen­eral Man­ager of Pratt & Whit­ney’s Customer Train­ing Cen­ter in In­dia.

Lo­cated at Zila Parishad High School (Boys and Girls), the two cen­tres (99th and 100th) which were in­au­gu­rated are equipped with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing tools and tech­nolo­gies to sup­port both teach­ers and stu­dents. These re­sources in­clude com­put­ers, wire­less in­ter­net, dig­i­tal pro­jec­tors, dis­play screens, au­dio sys­tems, soft­ware, and fur­ni­ture.

By es­tab­lish­ing the eLearning Cen­tres since 2011, Pratt and Whit­ney is fo­cus­ing on pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion to Govern­ment schools in In­dia. The com­pany has been driv­ing these eLearning projects in close part­ner­ship with an NGO, Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders In­dia (EWB-In­dia) and other part­ners.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Jayesh Ran­jan said “For the goals of Dig­i­tal Te­lan­gana to be­come a re­al­ity, it is im­por­tant that all the stake­hold­ers, par­tic­u­larly com­mon ci­ti­zens, start valu­ing the ben­e­fits and im­pact of tech­nol­ogy. Dig­i­tal literacy and dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion cre­ates a pre­dis­po­si­tion for peo­ple to seek tech­nol­ogy solutions for the chal­lenges they face in their day-to-day lives. The ef­forts of P&W to set up eLearning Cen­ters in our schools would greatly sup­port us in reach­ing the goals of Dig­i­tal Te­lan­gana faster.”

Com­ment­ing on the mile­stone, Geoff Hunt said, “As part of our fo­cus on serv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate, our eLearning ini­tia­tives in In­dia are aimed at equip­ping young stu­dents with high-qual­ity dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion. We are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing these fu­ture lead­ers by pro­vid­ing them an en­vi­ron­ment and the re­sources to think crit­i­cally and grow.”

Amit Pathak said, “We are proud to open Pratt and Whit­ney’s 100th eLearning Cen­tre. The an­nounce­ment is a tes­ti­mony of our com­mit­ment to­wards pro­mot­ing dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. To­gether with our project part­ners, we stand com­mit­ted to fur­ther strength­en­ing our in-coun­try net­work of eLearning Cen­tres in align­ment with the govern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties on skills and ed­u­ca­tion.”

Pratt and Whit­ney works on eLearning projects in part­ner­ship with com­pa­nies such as QuEST, RGBSI, Cyient, Jais­ara, Larsen and Toubro, Gen­pact amongst oth­ers. Mem­bers of the Hy­der­abad, Visakha­p­at­nam, Andhra Pradesh and Ben­galuru chap­ter of Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders-In­dia and mem­bers of the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut chap­ter of Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders-USA have also con­trib­uted to the con­struc­tion of the eLearning Cn­ters in the past.

Pratt & Whit­ney’s spon­sor­ship of eLearning Cen­ters in Hy­der­abad and Vishakha­p­at­nam builds on the ef­forts the com­pany has made in In­dia over the last decade to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers. Since 2004, Pratt & Whit­ney has made an­nual con­tri­bu­tions to the As­so­ci­a­tion Saiko­rian that now to­tal more than $200,000 (`13,729,000). Ad­di­tion­ally, Pratt & Whit­ney has funded ma­jor projects with Project Krushi in Gow­davally, Hy­der­abad and Project KGNMT in Hy­derasakote, Hy­der­abad.

Geoff Hunt, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent – Engi­neer­ing, Pratt & Whit­ney in­au­gu­rates the 100th eLearning Cen­tre

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