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Bharti Foundation wins the Economic Times ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year Award’

Award recognizes Satya Bharti School initiatives for improving the quality and delivery of education

New Delhi, January 11, 2011 : Bharti Foundation, the philanthropy arm of Bharti Enterprises has won the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence for "its focus on improving the quality and delivery of education." The award recognizes the Satya Bharti School Program, the flagship program of Bharti Foundation for its ground-breaking contribution in the area of providing quality education for the underprivileged children in rural India especially the girl child.

The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence (also referred as ET Awards) are annual awards conferred by The Economic Times in the field of business, corporate and government policies, economies in India. The Corporate Citizen of the year category specially "honors the contribution to public good through commitment to critical social causes that influences the lives of thousands of needy people."

On receiving the award, Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, "We are delighted at this recognition for improving the quality and delivery of education through the Satya Bharti School Program. This award is a tribute to the relentless efforts of the team at Bharti Foundation. Going forward our aim is to help and provide the underprivileged with an equal opportunity to be a part of the India growth story. We are committed to contribute to the government's agenda of inclusive growth"

Bharti Foundation was set up in 2000 as the philanthropic wing of Bharti Enterprises to bridge the existing education divide and make quality education accessible to all underprivileged children across rural India. The Foundation currently runs 236 primary schools and one secondary school across the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and provides education to over 30,000 students.

Bharti Foundation in the past has also received various national and international acclaims for its social initiatives few of which includes the Asian CSR Award for the Support and Improvement of Education at the 7th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in 2008 and the Social and Corporate Governance Award for Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility 2009 by the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited, Nasscom Foundation and Times Foundation. It also won the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2006.

About Bharti Foundation : Bharti Enterprises set up Bharti Foundation in 2000 to help underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential. Bharti Foundation has been creating and supporting programs that bring about sustainable improvement in the field of education - both primary and higher education. The Foundation has adopted a two-pronged strategy to make a difference in the quality of elementary education in the country through its Satya Bharti School Program. In addition to the above two flagship programs Bharti Foundation has also partnered with premier institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2000 to set up the Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, IIT Delhi and IIT, Bombay to set up the Bharti Centre for Communication, Bombay. The Bharti Scholarship and Mentorship program has also been instituted to support academically brilliant students from financially weak backgrounds.