New school building was constructed in a record time of 10 months with an investment of Rs 2.86 Crores
Bengaluru, 7 June 2019: After ten months of intensive building work, students at GovernmentHigher Primary School, Hegdenagar are being treated to a state-of-the-art school building thanks to a collaboration between ANZ, Embassy Group, and the Government of Karnataka Education Department. The new building was inaugurated today just in time for the new session in the presence of the Shri. S. R. Umashankar, Principal Secretary to Primary & Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka and senior officials from Embassy and ANZ.
Government Higher Primary School, Hegdenagar, until recently did not have well-equipped classrooms or enough toilets for the current population of nearly 650 students. The Govt. of Karnataka Education Department, Embassy Group and ANZ partnered to create a spacious and well-equipped building to meet the needs of students. The Rs. 2.8 crore new building boasts of 15 classrooms, a multipurpose hall, library, computer lab, toilet blocks and accessibility facility for differently abled students.
Speaking at the inauguration Shri. S. R. Umashankar, the Principal Secretary to Primary & Secondary Education said, “We are excited to announce that this school has been selected to offer English Medium mode of instruction. The new facilities and infrastructure will complement this and allow these students to reach for their true potential. This endeavour of Embassy Group and ANZ through their community outreach program in mobilizing CSR funds , and their zeal in strengthening the primary education system is laudable. I hope they carry the torch and lead other corporate in providing facilities to the needy children.”
Pleased with the collaboration, Pankajam Sridevi, ANZ Group GM Operations & Services expressed: “We are thrilled to partner with Embassy Group to bring to life this important education infrastructure project which will have a long-standing positive impact in the community. Schools are a child’s second home, serving a number of purposes in their lives and shape not only their future but the future of our country. I hope that the children have fun, learning and get an opportunity to identify and showcase their talent.”
Through Embassy’s Corporate Connect Program, the Group currently partners with over 7 corporates to provide infrastructure and educational solutions to their adopted Government Schools. Embassy Group has devoted itself to closing gaps for Bangalore’s underprivileged children by harnessing the support of its business parks’ corporate tenants, empowering government school students to gain the skills they need for future employability and success. The Hegdenagar school build is the latest in a plethora of infrastructure interventions, which Embassy and its corporate partners have collaborated on across 23 government schools in Bangalore, implementing projects from toilet block and classroom renovations to ground-up constructions of new school buildings.
Speaking of the project, Mike Holland, CEO of Embassy Office Parks, said “Embassy Group has always focused on Government School education in the geographies in and around our business parks. Our partnership with ANZ is a part of our Corporate Connect Programme, which initiates, facilitates and supports community outreach programs by collaborating with many of the 190 corporate occupiers of Embassy Office Parks in Bangalore. In ANZ, we found the perfect partner for this project, having aligned our CSR focuses to achieving impact through education of under-served communities.
Students at Government Higher Primary School Hegdenagar already benefit from educational programs run by Embassy and its NGO partner Colours of Life, and Embassy-led collaborations in healthcare which provide comprehensive health screenings, treatment and awareness sessions for students. The build itself is expected to boost attendance and attainment levels by creating a safe and inviting environment for learning.
S V, Venkataraman, Managing Director – ANZ Bengaluru Service Centre added “Through our approach to community investments, ANZ connects with, and invests significantly in the communities in which we operate. We were keen to play our part in supporting the construction of this new school building as it aligns strongly with our purpose – to shape a world where people and communities thrive.”
Embassy is one of the leading property developers in India with a track record of over three decades in real estate development. Embassy has an extensive land bank across the country and has developed over 54 million Sq. Ft. of prime commercial, residential and retail space in India. Embassy’s portfolio of real estate developments spans the commercial, residential, industrial & warehousing, retail and hospitality segments of the real estate industry. Embassy’s ongoing residential projects include luxury apartments, villas and integrated townships. The Residential portfolio includes 12 million Sq. Ft. completed, and 17 million Sq. Ft. of ongoing and future development. Embassy’s Hospitality business comprises of 3 Hotels in Bangalore including the Four Seasons Hotel opened on the 1st of May 2019 and 4 under construction. A pioneer in leasing office space and developing integrated office parks, Embassy Group has delivered over 40 Million Sq. Ft. of commercial properties across India, providing office space to over 250 blue chip corporate occupiers. In 2012, Embassy Group and Blackstone entered into a joint venture to form Embassy Office Parks – an entity aimed at creating world class office spaces and building business communities. This entity got listed on 1st of April 2019 as the first REIT in India. Some of the marquee commercial assets developed by Embassy Group include Embassy GolfLinks, Embassy Manyata Business Park, Embassy TechVillage and Embassy TechZone housing several multinational and Fortune 500 companies.
ANZ has been in India since 1984. The Melbourne-based bank established its Mumbai branch in 2011 and in 2014 it received approval from the Reserve Bank of India to open new branches in New Delhi and outer Bengaluru. India remains an integral part of ANZ’s strategy in Asia, with the bank supporting institutional and corporate clients in India and across the other 33 markets in our global network. ANZ India also gives clients access to ANZ’s extensive capabilities in natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure to help them harness the growing trade and investment opportunities across Asia Pacific and support their domestic requirements. ANZ has a significant shared services hub operation in Bengaluru employing over 5000 staff supporting our businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. ANZ India is fully committed to providing both financial and volunteering support to non-government organizations and charities that support education and create employment opportunities for underprivileged.