Working in and around the villages of Ratnagiri, our founders recognized the need for rural upliftment. In 2008, Finolex Industries Limited donated 10 acres of land to Mukul Madhav Foundation for the establishment of a school on the outskirts of Ratnagiri. As a result, Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya (MMV) was established on 24 June 2010 in Golap, Ratnagiri, to provide quality English education at an affordable cost to the local community.
MMV started with a modest strength of 151 students and has now grown steadily into a full-fledged SSC affiliated school with over 550 students from Pre-Nursery to Std. VII. This has motivated us to increase the classes till X std.
Spread over 20,000 square feet area, Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya provides adequate opportunities for the holistic development of the students. We want our students to emerge as skilled, confident and responsible individuals with strong fundamentals and values. We believe that a school should be a place where a child loves to be; hence, we have paid thorough attention to the infrastructure and facilities to suit the students' requirement.
FIL and CSR partner MMF donated a motorcycle to Mr. Ashok Dixit to help him be self-reliant to demonstrate science exhibitions in schools around Ratnagiri area. He has been doing this since 2007. Since the schools do not have proper infrastructure or facility to have a science lab, Mr. Dixit will move in this vehicle and cover the schools. He carries the equipment's and requisite material in a box which is also donated by MMF.
Mukul Madhav Foundation provides financial assistance to deserving students for primary & higher education, by sponsoring their tuition fee, books, hostel fees and other requirements.
We have also set up fellowships for resident doctors at K.E.M Hospital, Pune. Doctors studying for their post-graduation can avail this fellowship programme. These resident doctors train under Dr. Anand Pandit, Honorary Professor and Director - Dept. of Pediatrics & Neonatology. Should they wish to set up their own pediatric clinic or conduct research after training, we support them wholeheartedly.
In 2016, we have sponsored the fellowship of a Teach for India candidate for a year, who is presently teaching at a Government school in Pune.
In 2006, we identified and adopted two Municipal Schools in Panchgani, which lacked basic infrastructure and urban educational facilities. Ever since, we have been upgrading their infrastructure by way of building new classrooms, a science laboratory and have also donated sewing machines for the Girls' Vocational Training Centre, Tablas, a TV and VCR Set, projector, educational books, cds and stationery. We have also donated items of basic need such as clothing, shoes, socks and sweaters to the children in these schools.
Mukul Madhav Foundation introduced English education to these previously Marathi medium schools by appointing teachers who teach English, as well as Maths and Science in English to students from Std. I. to Std. V. In January 2014, we introduced English as a subject to the Pre-primary section as well. We have an in-house trainer who trains our teachers in English on a weekly basis. Our students of standard 3rd to 6th communicate with confidence in English with each other. Many activities are conducted to enhance the students' English language skills in the form of storytelling with skits, helping them with pronunciation, articulation, accent along with tongue-twisters. Last year, the students participated at Taluka Level Krida Spardha and Balanand Melawa, where the school won the Champion Trophy and got the first rank.
The overall performance of the school was enhanced and nearly 7 English medium children were enrolled in this school. Another 17 students also enrolled in other classes other than Standard First.
We continued our journey into education post Panchgani and similar upgradations have been done in the schools of Satara, Ratnagiri and Pune.
MASAR VILLAGE, GUJARAT
In 2015, we appointed 2 teachers to introduce English language in the Gujarati medium schools of Masar village i.e. M M Samplawalla & Prathmik Vidyalaya. Students in these schools were also provided writing pattern books and 4-line notebooks, to help improve their English writing skills. Regular teacher training programs are conducted, to update the knowledge of the trainers. Donation of books to improve the literacy skills of these children is also done on a regular basis.
In 2016, we set-up a computer skill development centre, in the vicinity of both these schools, so children can attend computer classes in the morning, before they begin their regular school hours. Trained professionals from Baroda conduct this certified course for both children and adults. Sessions for adults are conducted later in the day.
To promote urban education and the concept of e-learning by use of a tablet device in the Zila Parishad schools of Maharashtra, Mukul Madhav Foundation and Finolex Industries Ltd., in association with the Poona North Rotary Charitable Trust (PNRCT) and a donor Mr. Kulbir Dodd, began a project in 3 municipality schools of Mahableshwar & Panchgani. The tablet has been pre-loaded with a user friendly software called Akshardhara, developed by Tata Consultancy Services to make learning easy for the students from the 1st to 3rd grade. The entire syllabus on the tablet is in Marathi. To kick start this project, 60 tablets (20 per school) was handed over on the 8th of July 2016 to the three Principals for a year. With this project, we aim to reach out to over 300 students.
Mr. Devakanta Deviprasad Rao a child with a single parent is pursuing his 3rd year of Computer engineering in Pune. His mother is working as an accountant at a small firm and he has a younger brother studying in 10th Standard. The mother is the sole bread earner of the family. MMF has been instrumental in aiding him for past two years and this year too we are supporting him for his education. He scored well in the last year with 87 percent.
Ambushree Shankar Bhandari pursuing her TY in Computers at a college in Pimpri, Pune. Her father is working in a small shop (Tapari) which sells Neera (a local drink) and earns a very meager income. They are a family of five and the mother is a homemaker. There is no other source of income. They hail from a village in Karnatka . MMF has supported this student for the past year and is supporting this year too. She scored 83.44% in her second year.
Vaishavi Arun Godke is pursuing her third year Computers in a college in Pimpri, Pune. Her father is working as a coconut vendor, and there are 4 members in the family. MMF helped Vaishnavi for her payment of second year fees and she scored 79.44%. This year also MMF is contributing towards the payment of her fees.
Mayuri Dhanjya Nikam is pursuing her DMLT. Her father is a helper in the garage and is the sole earner of the family. Her mother is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment at Deenanath Mangeskar Hospital. MMF is supporting her for this year.