“Pratt & Whitney has always been
committed to the society and actively supports students pursuing STEM programs.
This initiative is just a step in the right direction, and we hope a lot of
students will get to benefit from this program in the future as well,” said
Venkata Subbaiah G, assistant manager, global supply management.
Thirty nine Pratt & Whitney employees across the Commercial Engines, India Engineering Center and India Capability Center in Delhi and Bengaluru, India participated in the process to interview and evaluate the scholarship
candidates on several criteria, including not only their financial and academic
backgrounds, but also their motivation for pursuing further education in
“This scholarship program gives Pratt &
Whitney an opportunity to really contribute to society. All the recipients were
so driven and passionate, so through this program hopefully they’ll get to do
everything that they want to do,” said Mahaveer Padmarajaiah, Senior Manager , EPLM (Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management) India Operations and a candidate interviewer.
Further efforts in India
Pratt & Whitney is committing to the
community in Bengaluru, and the scholarship program is only the beginning. Both
Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace -- a fellow business unit of RTX –
continue to ramp up corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in India to
grow interest in STEM fields and ensure basic needs are met.
For example, Pratt & Whitney has been
working with the India branch of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). To date,
Pratt & Whitney has supported the opening of 119 eLearning Centers that
provide access to computers and STEM-based educational programming for students
in underprivileged areas. The company also provided financial support to EWB to
support Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), a residential school for more
than 230 girls, to ensure access to clean water.
At Collins Aerospace, CSR efforts in India
have focused on initiatives in education, rural development, skill development
and environmental conservation. By setting up 32 STEM laboratories,
constructing two school buildings, and providing computer literacy and STEM
skills training to economically disadvantaged community members, Collins
Aerospace has transformed the lives of thousands of people in India.
“I feel super privileged to be a part of
the community efforts here in India,” said Trivedi. “We’re investing not only
in the future of the students, but the future of RTX as well.”