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Published on: June 6, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Embassy Office Parks is sanitising schools in Bengaluru
  • Karnataka education minister S. Suresh Kumar accepts sanitisers for students

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

The Bengaluru-based Embassy Office Parks REIT has joined hands with a number of its corporate occupiers to provide hand sanitisers to about 920,000 students and supervisors, across 2,879 centres in Karnataka for each day of the Karnataka State Board Secondary School examinations. The exams, which were postponed from March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, are now scheduled to start on 25 June and end on 4 July.

“Embassy REIT and our 160-plus marquee tenant occupiers have a deep commitment towards our communities,” says Mike Holland, CEO. “Our Embassy Office Parks Corporate Connect programme is focused on collaborating with our occupiers to address needs of the community in which we operate.”

Cerner, Cognizant, L&T Technology Services and AXA XL – all of which have offices in Embassy – have collaborated with the trust and invested to buy and distribute the sanitisers. “We are happy to be able to step up and augment the efforts to enhance the safety of students who will be appearing for their state-level exams by reducing pandemic risks,” Holland says.

At Cerner, Lead Programme Manager Domnic Prashanth says, “We have been keen to do our part in supporting actions taken to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. We agreed immediately when Embassy REIT approached us to join them in collaboratively giving back to the society during this time.”

Adds Deepak Prabhu Matti, head of Cognizant Outreach: “Providing hand sanitisers to hundreds of thousands of students taking SSLC examinations across the state is key to ensuring that the pandemic does not come in the way of an important educational milestone for them.”

Cognizant, which has been contributing to the health and well-being of communities through its Foundations and its employee-led volunteering programme, is supporting several governmental and non-governmental organisations across India on initiatives to help contain the impact of the pandemic on communities.

Supporting the less fortunate has always been a priority for L&T Technology Services, according to the company’s CSR head K.N. Prabhakaran. AXA XL, for its part, has provided over 300 litres of hand sanitisers.

Through the lockdown, Embassy REIT has launched various initiatives focused on extending support to the police and fire personnel serving on the frontlines of the pandemic. It has also procured over 50,000 sanitisers, more than 200,000 disposable protective masks and nutritional snacks for the task forces in Bengaluru, Pune, Noida and Mumbai, where the company has properties. It also set up eight, 24-hour hydration stations in these cities, allowing police personnel working across shifts to get some rest and refreshment between shifts. This programme has so far touched the lives of over 2,00,000 police personnel.

Over the past four years of the REIT’s existence, the Corporate Connect programme has seen Embassy Office Parks partnering with 20 corporates for 34 community projects, in the belief that collaboration leads to greater impact.

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