The Bharti Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (BCEI) is a joint initiative of Bharti Foundation and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI). It was set up in the year 2002 to promote entrepreneurship. The centre takes up a host of activities to develop, facilitate and motivate entrepreneurs and to sensitize the society at large and youth in particular to become entrepreneurs.
Every year the Centre presents the Bharti Student of the Year Award and the Bharti Entrepreneur of the Year Award. While the Student of the Year Award recognizes overall academic performance, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the significance of Entrepreneurship Training in creating Entrepreneurs. Two Bharti Fellowships were also awarded by the centre to motivate students to pursue entrepreneurship training despite financial hindrance.
The CII-Bharti Woman Exemplar Award was launched in 2005 by Bharti Foundation and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote women’s empowerment at the grassroots. The Award recognized extraordinary women at the community level, women who have broken new ground in the field of Health, Education & Literacy, and Micro- Finance & Enterprise with determination, respect and self-motivation.
The awardees of 2007 (Presented by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit) included (a) Lalithabai from Karnataka for Micro-Finance & Enterprise; (b) Vidya Thapa from Delhi for Health; (c) Norti Devi from Rajasthan for Education and the awardees of 2006 (Presented by Hon’ble Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India) included (a) Sangeeta Pardhe from Pune (Maharashtra) for Health Education; (b) Anita Jalinder Pise from Sholapur- Maharashtra for Micro-Finance; (c) Raj Rani from Daulatabad for Health Education & Micro-Finance.
Bharti Foundation set up the Bharti Computer Centres (BCC) in 2004 in association with organizations like Pratham, Infotech, Kalakar Trust and Adarshila. This initiative undertaken by the Foundation has gone a long way in helping inculcate technical knowledge in education for children in rural India.
26 Computer Centres (BCCs) were set up as part of the Satya Bharti School Program across Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The Bharti Scholarship and Mentorship Program was instituted in the year 2006-07 to enable academically bright youth from financially weak families to complete their higher education. Currently the program supports 232 scholars across the country and covers courses in management, engineering and agriculture. Mentorship is an integral component of the Bharti Scholarship Program. Involving senior executives from the Bharti Group of Companies, the Mentorship Program looks at providing each scholar with a mentor who can help make the right career choices, provide them with relevant exposure and guide them in decisions which will shape their future. Today, 105 senior executives from Bharti Group of Companies are involved in the mentoring program.
The Mentorship Program is aimed at (a) Enabling holistic personality development of Bharti scholars; (b) Establishing continuous contact between a Bharti representative and scholar; (c) Ensuring that the resources expended are being utilized optimally.In an effort to make the Bharti Scholarship Program sustainable, various Bharti Group Companies and corporate partners like Ericcson have come forward in the last year to support and partner the program. While the companies will sponsor the scholars, Bharti Foundation shall continue to manage, administer and implement the program.
Bharti Foundation partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation in 2003 to set up a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan to provide mid-day meals to underprivileged children in government schools. The Mid-Day Meal Program has played a crucial role in promoting education for children in the country, encouraging children to attend school and partake of nutritious and healthy meals. This has not only increased attendance of children at schools but also gives children the required amount of nutrition.
The Bharti Library and Activity Centres (BLACs) were launched in 2005 and are self-sustained library units, set up to help inculcate in children the ability to read, write and enjoy learning through reading. Set up in partnership with organizations like Pratham, Kalakar Trust and Shanti Sadhna Ashram, 104 BLACs are functional across 11 states in the country.
These centers promote education for children through novel and interesting means like reading and undertaking learning projects and activities.