Priti Adani - led Adani Foundation making waves in Indian education with the 'Udaan' project
Adani Foundation's Project Udaan is a brain-child of Dr. Priti Adani, the wife of businessman and founder of the Adani Group, Mr. Gautam Adani that is single-handedly scripting a new narrative for Indian students.
By: Adani Foundation
Impacting 1.5 lakh students from 13 states across 1600 schools and colleges in India, Project Udaan is a learning-based initiative under which a one-day familiarisation trip to Mundra is organised for students of standards X and XII. During the trip, the students are taken on a tour of the Adani Port, Adani Power and Adani Wilmar facilities in order to witness first-hand large-scale business operations.
The initiative is inspired from Gautam Adani's life-changing story of him visiting the Mundra port as a young child, and seeks to encourage young minds to develop an interest in all sorts of enterprises in order to encourage them to dream big in life. The end objective is to empower communities, enhance quality of life, and instil hope for a better future – a key vision of the Adani Foundation.
"My husband Mr. Gautam Adani and I feel that true success does not lie in mammoth expansion of business, money or power, but in how one uses that power to make lives better, to empower people and ensure that the benefits of a growing economy percolates down to those at the bottom of the pyramid," Priti Adani commented on the group's philanthropic belief.
The Priti Adani-led Adani Foundation has a host of other education-oriented initiatives under its belt. For example, Adani Vidya Mandirs provide free quality education to 2000 meritorious children from the weaker sections of the society in Ahmedabad and Bhadreshwar in Gujarat, and Surguja in Chattisgarh.
From free transport and books, to free uniform and three nutritious meals, the Adani Vidya Mandirs ensure the holistic development of students. These schools are at par with the best schools in the country in terms of state-of-the art infrastructure, excellent faculty and facilities.
The Adani Foundation also has five Adani Public Schools and Adani Vidyalayas that provide subsidised education to 3000 children. Furthermore, the foundation is partnering with state governments to support more than 300 government schools, thus impacting more than 100,000 students.
Besides education initiatives, the foundation is also actively involved in healthcare development.
Priti Adani is leading the Adani Foundation to rapidly transform the health and sanitation landscape among the marginalised communities, while also ensuring that all genders, income groups and geographies have access to good healthcare and nutrition.
The foundation's GK General Hospital in Bhuj, the only hospital in the largest district of the country, Kutch, offers free medical treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society. There is also a focus on educating the youth of the country to qualify as doctors via GAIMS (Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences).
The foundation's 15 mobile healthcare units in remote areas and villages where the group operates benefits 300000 people annually.
Adani Foundation also addresses the issue of malnutrition among children in the age group of 0-5 years and anaemia among adolescent girls and women through a community-based initiative launched in 2016-17 called SuPoshan. The initiative covers 276 villages across 8 states of India, thus providing relief to 86,305 households. For volunteering, the initiative has 190 Sanginis (village health workers) for curative and preventive interventions, and have so far treated 417 severely malnourished and 691 moderately malnourished children.
Priti Adani has led the Adani Foundation to bring in a tremendous positive impact in the country's populace through work and beliefs in philanthropy. Founded 21 years ago, the Adani Foundation has a 300-member team that has taken giant leaps in empowering the vulnerable and marginalised, promising and delivering scalable and replicable solutions to address many pertinent issues of the country. This has resulted in touching the lives of over 1 million people, 5 lakh families and 1,470 villages and towns in 13 states.
In doing so, the Foundation hopes to usher in an era of capable leaders and a strong nation.