Nowadays, corporate socialresponsibility is playing an important role in the rapidly changing globalworld. It refers to ensuring the success of a business by the inclusion ofsocial and environmental considerations into a company’s operations. It meanscontributing positively to societal development.
Business have begun to take amore targeted approach in their corporate social responsibility programs and areseeking to impact areas that have a correlation with their own businessaspirations. For many businesses, education is a crucial part of their plansand policy, since the needs exist in all geographic areas, across all subjectareas, and for all kind of people. The bottom line is that educational outreachefforts have the capability to make a real and long-lasting difference for allplayers involved because education as process and product enduring assets. InIndia, many firms have taken the various initiatives of CSR practices whichhave met with varying needs of society but still there is a gap betweenawareness and achievement of education aspirations.
Education is playing animportant role in the progress of individual and moreover societal growth. Theterm ‘education’ has been interpreted by different people in different ways.Some people in generally refer to it as formal schooling or to lifelongcontinuing learning. Some others consign to it as acquisition of knowledge,skills and attitudes. Some say that education is nothing, but training ofpeople’s mind in a particular direction to brings about desired changes eitherinternal or external forces. Education is the traditional sense; it meanscontrolling or disciplining the behaviour of an individual and society.
According to Indian great son of soil SwamiVivekananda rightly mentions that, ‘Education is the manifestation ofperfection already in man. Like fire in a piece of flint, knowledge exists inthe mind. Suggestion is the friction; which brings it out’. Dictionary of Education (edited byC.
V. Good, 1973) “The aggregate of all the processes by which a person developsabilities, attitudes and other forms of behaviour of practical values in thesociety in which s/he lives; the social process by which people are subjectedto the influence of selected and controlled environment (especially that of theschool), so that they may obtain social competence and optimum individualdevelopment”. Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was rightly spoken that “Byeducation I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man’s body,mind and spirit”. As well as Rabindranath Tagore truly mentions that ‘thehighest education is that which does not merely give us information but makesour life in harmony with all existence’. In Rig-Veda “Education is something,which makes a man self-reliant and self-less. Education is thecreation of sound mind in a sound body.
It develops man’s faculty specially hismind so that he may be able to enjoy the contemplation of supreme truth,goodness and beauty (Aristotle). According to John Dewey “Education is not apreparation for life, rather it is the living. Education is the process ofliving through a continuous reconstruction of experiences. It is thedevelopment of all those capacities in the individual which will enable him tocontrol his environment and fulfil his possibilities.