India

Inclusive Growth 

Education is key to change, and for this reason we support a number of education programmes across the country which help underprivileged students achieve quality education. Along with providing need-based scholarships and mentoring college students, initiatives include a focus on all-round development of girl students and helping visually impaired students become self-reliant.

Aspire Programme

Aspire Programme

This year we started the Aspire programme in three schools which helps build the skills and abilities of underprivileged girl students through quality education and other relevant inputs, with the objective of enhancing their employability.


Senior staff from KPMG act as key mentors to provide strategic direction, and work closely with the scholars to offer guidance, instill values and share their own experiences. Students attend additional training programmes on spoken English, IT skills, sports, self-defence, theatre and art.

 

Our Learning and Development team conducts training including career counselling, grooming, time management and etiquette. We have supported 2,700 training hours for the scholars since October 2014.

LSR Resource Centre

LSR Resource Centre
We helped establish a resource centre at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, a leading liberal arts college in Delhi. Our support to the resource centre included repair and infrastructure work, setting up a recording room, and providing IT equipment such as computers, book scanners that convert text to audio, handheld magnifiers, a Braille embosser, a mouse magnifier, daisy recorders and large print keyboards. We also support the operational expenses of this resource centre, and our staff volunteer to record educational material for the students. This year we facilitated checkups and treatment for some of these students.

Scholarship programme at colleges


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Our Scholarship programme, which started in 2007, continues to support deserving students through financial aid for tuition and daily expenses. Since its inception, we have supported over 1,800 students at 18 colleges across India. This year the KPMG Learning and Development team also held regular sessions with these students on personality development, helped create awareness about career opportunities and assisted in their professional growth.

 

“Through the KPMG Scholarship programme, students from disadvantaged backgrounds get the opportunity to continue their education without the additional concern of tuition fees. In addition, the sessions with KPMG staff help these students with communication, how to tackle interviews, and how to focus on grooming themselves to find prospective quality jobs in the future.”


Dr. Ashok Sehgal
Principal,
Shri Ram College of Commerce
Delhi

Enactus



Enactus is a community of students, academics and business leaders that uses the power of entrepreneurial action to make a sustainable difference in communities. KPMG member firms support Enactus in over 30 countries. In India, Richard Rekhy is the Chairman of the Enactus India National Advisory Board, and Rupendra Singh is the Chairman of the Programme Committee. We have supported Enactus for many years, both financially and through time spent by partners and staff through mentoring and training. We currently have many partners and directors who serve as mentors for Enactus colleges primarily in Bengaluru and Delhi.

During the Enactus India National competition in July 2014, Richard announced a Business Ethics Grant for Enactus India teams. The objective is to encourage students to incorporate ethical business practices in their projects.

Disaster Relief

We provide immediate help and long-term solutions to those affected by natural disasters. We work with NGOs to support affected communities. In September 2014, through the generous contributions made by our people, we carried out relief efforts in two villages in the Udhampur district of Jammu in collaboration with an NGO. Contributions were utilised to provide immediate relief, supplies such as warm clothing, tents, solar lanterns, medicines, food provisions. We plan to make a contribution to provide permanent housing for the affected families in a village in Jammu.

In continuation of our relief efforts in Uttarakhand, we are financing the reconstruction of a primary school in a village in partnership with the CII Foundation.