Mumbai, 2022: Deutsche Bank and Smile Foundation have come together to provide engineering scholarships to 200 young women from low-income families throughout India. The students will receive funding for a four-year engineering course at select colleges in Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Pune.
The bank, in conjunction with its NGO partner, Smile Foundation, formally handed over the scholarship letters and laptops at individual events across Deutsche Bank offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and Jaipur. Other than senior management of the bank, also present at the event were parents of the girls and their college principles.
Almost 1,100 promising applications from aspirants studying in over 50 colleges, across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and Jaipur, were received. It is interesting to note that many of these women would be the first in their families and communities to achieve an advanced formal education. Almost all of them aspire to be role models for their families and communities, for current and future generations.
The extensive process of conducting orientation sessions and selecting the young recipients for the scholarship, was undertaken meticulously by more than 150 volunteers from the bank and the foundation.
In pursuit of the bank’s vision that no woman should be left behind and to prioritise inclusive and gender-diverse work cultures, the bank is focussing on women empowerment to serve as a change agent in crucial areas such as technical skill development for women.
“As a country with a burgeoning female population, there is an urgent need to ensure equitable distribution of economic resources and to provide equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic, and public life. As a bank, we believe in supporting initiatives that would create a larger talent pool that would help support our vision towards nation building. Our scholarship will help develop a generation of women technocrats and build gender collaboration to sustain a buoyant and thriving economy,” said Kaushik Shaparia, CEO, Deutsche Bank Group, India.
Vikram Singh Verma, Executive Director of Smile Foundation is proud of what the foundation has achieved in terms of empowering women. “We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Deutsche Bank which has helped us bring to life, the dreams of these young women. Our efforts are in line with the government’s agenda of educating the girl child and we are actively seeking to create a gender-balanced leadership by increasing the share of women in technical positions in business through such programmes,” he added.
The introduction of the scholarship is the next chapter in the bank’s five-year collaboration with Smile Foundation. To date, the bank and the foundation have addressed the primary healthcare needs of more than 650,000 individuals in the slums and villages of Bengaluru, Jaipur, Kalyan, Mumbai, and Pune. Vital support to migrant labourers and frontline workers was also provided through community screening kits and dry rations, at the peak of the pandemic.
About Deutsche Bank
The Deutsche Bank group has been operating in India since 1980 with a strong presence in the businesses of corporate and investment banking, retail banking, private wealth management and global business services. With nearly 15,000 staff and operations across 18 locations in India, the group is recognized as one of the leading foreign financial services providers in India. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.
About Smile Foundation
Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 26 states.
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