Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) July 2020
Dow Chemical - Puthri Scholars' Benefactor

Project Puthri takes pride in partnering with Dow chemical and for the support received from the company in enabling Puthris (Daughters) to pursue their dreams of stepping into careers of their choices in the Indian industry. The company has provided financial support via scholarship to three Puthris to help them complete tertiary education in Engineering field and shall assist with placements after the completion of the course.

Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) aims to be the most innovative, sustainable, inclusive customer-centric materials science company in the world. The company uses its technological expertise and employee volunteerism to partner with communities in which it operates. Dow India works with many non-profit organizations towards empowerment of persons with disabilities, women and children. It also supports various initiatives on sustainability and circular economy.

The scholarship for Puthris is given to selected girls who undergo a rigorous aptitude test conducted by the organisation.

The selected scholars are mentored on specific subjects like Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for two hours in a week. Dow chemical financially supports the selected Puthris through screening tests and have opted for Engineering course. Further the organisation invites outstanding Puthri Scholars for an orientation about their activities and trains them onto various soft Skills

The tuition fee for the scholars during the 4 years of study period is borne by Dow chemical Ltd. The scholars are initially trained and are selected as interns in the company.

During the last academic year 3 Puthri Scholars, who could not afford for their tertiary education, were offered scholarship to pursue their Engineering course in the college that they wished to study. The Puthri scholars were Kamalisri, Ramya and Sneha. All three of the them finished their schooling from Government Higher secondary School, Thoraipakkam, in Chennai. These Puthris received support to study in reputed Engineering colleges of Chennai. While Kamalaisri's father works at a ration shop, parents of Sneha and Ramya work as labour and drives an auto respectively.

These Puthri scholars are grateful for the support offered by Dow chemical and Project Puthri for the support offered and their heart is full of gratitude for having seen their dreams come true. The company will keep supporting more and more of our Puthri Scholars in the years to come.

According to Amitrajit Ghosh, Site HR Head, Dow "This is a 3 phased immersive engagement programme aimed at Female empowerment, wherein we Scout the deserving female talent from financially weaker section of society right at school level-Nurture them in the form of ongoing coaching, guidance by our millennial volunteer employees and financing and finally aim to Employ them. This I see as a Win for the Society- Win for the Individual and Win for Dow. This kind of corporate-academia partnership is need of the hour"

Dr.Saundarya Rajesh, Founder - President at Avtar Group and the Managing Trustee of Avtar Human Capital Trust, says" When an organization like Dow Chemical sets the right example by actively participating in an initiative like Project Puthri, India is bound to witness an increase in women's workforce participation in the future. Hand holding by the company’s mentors and coaches enable Puthri scholars to build the skills and also the right attitude required in white-collar jobs. We look forward to these girls that are being mentored and enabled by Dow Chemical rise to their fullest of potentials in the near future."

We greatly believe that this scholarship model of Project Puthri shall pave the way towards redesigning the lives of many such Puthris.

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