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Pratt & Whitney Dedicates a Dormitory to the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, India, November 12, 2019 – Strengthening its commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates, Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today commemorated the opening of a dormitory at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Hyderabad. The dormitory was inaugurated by Geoff Hunt, senior vice president, Engineering, and Chris Kmetz, vice president, Engineering, both of Pratt & Whitney. Also present at the occasion was Ms. S. Sujatha, Headmistress, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.

The newly built facility has a capacity to accommodate more than 200 students. Designed keeping in mind the needs of students, the dormitory provides the comforts and necessities of home, including sleeping facilities, kitchens, mess areas, and recreational facilities. A green building, the complex is equipped with a rooftop solar system, allowing efficient harnessing of power without using grid supply.  


“Aligned with our commitment to invest in communities in which we operate, we are glad to inaugurate the girls’ dormitory today at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya,” said Mr. Hunt.The dormitory will be a safe haven for girls enrolled at the school, creating an ideal environment to support their education. Through this initiative we aim to empower and inspire the future generation of scientists, doctors, teachers and professionals of all vocations.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. S. Sujatha said, “As evident by high drop-out rates, girls’ education still continues to be a challenge in India. We are grateful to Pratt & Whitney to support girls of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya. The facilities provided at the dormitory will serve as an enabler for the girls to learn and grow.”

Building on its efforts to provide high-quality digital education to Government schools in India, Pratt & Whitney also recently inaugurated its 100th eLearning Centre in Hyderabad. The company has been driving these e-learning projects since 2011, in close partnership with Engineers Without Borders India (EWB-India) and other partners.

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