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Lila Poonawalla Foundation and Amdocs India to Work Together in Educating and Empowering Indian Girls

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Pune (Jan. 30, 2015): The Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), an educational trust aimed at empowering Indian women, today announced a four-year partnership with Amdocs India, the leading provider of customer experience solutions, to support scholarships for under-privileged girls pursuing engineering studies in Pune. The partnership will focus on promoting the education and overall development of the girls in order to improve their employment prospects. Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla, chairperson, LPF, and Mr. Anshoo Gaur, president and head of Amdocs India signed the agreement.

“We are glad to partner with Amdocs India to support our woman empowerment initiatives,” said Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla.“LPF provides financial assistance to needy and meritorious girls for graduate and post-graduate studies and our partnership with Amdocs India will help us run programs for their holistic development. Beyond the scholarships, we will regularly conduct training programs for the under-privileged girls to help them become confident and self-reliant.”

“Amdocs India is committed to contributing towards empowering under-privileged girls and helping them build successful careers,” said Mr. Anshoo Gaur. “We work extensively with various NGOs and other organizations to help under-privileged students develop employable skills, and our partnership with LPF will further advance our social contribution and provide a powerful platform for our employees and business leaders to contribute towards the wider society.” 

In addition to the scholarship funding, Amdocs India, in partnership with LPF and Mentor Together, a Bangalore-based NGO which runs mentoring for economically disadvantaged students, has launched a unique program named ‘Work-based Mentoring’ in Pune. Under this program, more than 15 senior Amdocs India leaders have been mentoring, one-on-one, female engineering students supported by LPF on life skills, decision making, critical thinking skills, self-management skills, interpersonal skills and career planning. This program contributes to the students’ holistic development, aiming to provide them with life-development skills and promote their self-esteem, confidence and sense of empowerment and make them ready for corporate world