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Ashmita Sethi serves as Managing Director in India for Pratt & Whitney. In this role, she provides strategic direction for growth and business goals in India.

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Pratt & Whitney celebrates a milestone for STEM in India with 100th eLearning center

At Pratt & Whitney we are laser focused on innovation and performance — it's how we design, manufacture and maintain the world's best and most advanced aircraft engines. But performance goes beyond our innovative, next-generation products. We apply the same focus on performance to our corporate citizenship initiatives, inspiring the next generation and empowering our employees to make a difference. 

We focus our support on programs and partnerships in the areas of STEM education, veterans and military family support, and enhancing the well-being of the communities in which we live and operate. Every year, thousands of employees across the globe generously volunteer their time, talent and expertise to drive positive, lasting change in the communities where they live and work.

I saw the effects of Pratt & Whitney’s focus on providing high-quality digital education to government schools in India on a recent trip to Hyderabad. I was there to inaugurate the 100th eLearning center made possible by generous donations from Pratt & Whitney, its business partners (Agilis, Belcan, Cyient, Genpact India, Rapid Global Business Solutions, and Quest Global Engineering) and nongovernmental organization partners, including Engineers Without Borders India. We started the initiative in 2011 with the first eLearning center and to now be opening the 100th center in just eight years, is an accomplishment we are all very proud of. The eLearning centers are designed to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing children with access to tools and technologies, including computers, wireless internet, digital projectors, display screens, audio systems and software. I was in awe of the center and of how excited the students were to be learning STEM in an environment that helped them focus on their studies. There was even a live demo of a science project created by girls from a nearby school – all made possible by the streaming technology in the eLearning center.

While in Hyderabad I visited with the local Girls Who Code club to hear about their progress and also dedicated a new residence dormitory Pratt & Whitney built for the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya School to accommodate 200 students. The dormitory provides the comforts and necessities of home, including sleeping facilities, kitchens, mess areas and recreational facilities, and it’s a “green” building equipped with a rooftop solar system to generate its own electrical power.

Each year, Pratt & Whitney contributes millions of dollars and employees donate thousands of hours of their time and expertise to support STEM achievement around the world. My trip to India showed me the great impact this commitment and the commitment of our business partners is having on students and educators.