Thursday, August 20, 2009

The NGO that Satyam's Raju founded

Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded has a very interesting story ...

Read on ...

I had traveled to the central Indian city [central Indian?] of Hyderabad to visit B. Ramalinga Raju, the founder and chairman of Satyam, one of India's premier technology firms and also cofounder of one of his country's biggest charitable foundations, Byrraju, which is working to alleviate rural poverty. ... [I]n the village of Podagatlapalli, at a small elementary school supported by Byrraju ... the classroom I visited was apcked with Indian kids, who were taking turns working on four colourful "kidproof" learning stations manufactured by Little Tikes and IBM that come loaded with interactive educational software. Each of these KidSmart Early Learning Program terminals were made of blue plastic and had a computer touch screen in the middle. They are specifically designed to promote learning in remote areas, where quakified reading and writing teachers are always short in supply.

How wonderful!

I was wondering what happened to Byrraju . If you visit the site, the foundation seems to be functional, but then it could be an old website that hasn't been updated since the fall of Mr. Raju.

I hope Byrraju will continue to get funds from some source to continue doing what it claims to be doing.
Or was this a front for fraud too? That would be terribly sad.

Does any one know if this NGO, Byrraju, is still functional?

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