upGrad has recently announced the inception of its philanthropic organization, the upGrad foundation. The foundation would like to bring a change and make a difference in the lives of the first time learners, women re-joining the workforce, and people in the public services and the armed forces. The co-founder and chairperson of upGrad, Ronnie Screwvala stated, “The foundation’s aim would be to do everything that the edtech platform cannot do. From scholarships to subsidised courses in the field of upskilling and teaching training, the aim is to make learning affordable and accessible to everyone.”
The foundation aims to train teachers, coach them and mentor them, provide career guidance offer internships and scholarships and also ensure student exchange programmes. upGrad foundation has a total fund of 50 crores allocated to the welfare program.
“Life-long learning, upskilling, and career enhancements can no longer be the right of only those who can afford it. Online learning has changed the perspective of all working professionals around the world and how they look at career improvements. Therefore, the foundation’s theme of affordability, accessibility, and awareness to all who have growing aspirations will help adopt, guide and train at a large scale,” Screwvala stated.