Wabtec and Ennoble Partner to Refurbish a School in Pune
Pune, April 25, 2023 — Wabtec Corporation and the Ennoble Social Innovation Foundation announced today the completed refurbishment of Zilla Parishad School in Mahalunge, Pune. This initiative is part of Wabtec’s “Caring for Our Communities” program, which is committed to making a meaningful, sustainable impact in the communities where employees live and work.
Vijay Inamke, Wabtec’s Senior Director of India Sourcing, inaugurated the refurbished school. He handed the school to authorities at the ceremony including Cluster Head, Marunji, Mr. Suresh Sable, ZP School Headmaster Mr. Anand Raut, School Management Committee Member Ms. Anita Salunkhe, and Ennoble Founder and CEO Mr. Chirag Bhandari.
The Zilla Parishad School is the first of two schools that Wabtec and Ennoble are upgrading. The second school scheduled to be refurbished is the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) School No. 161. The PMC project completed the first phase of the upgrade, with the second phase expected to begin soon. Combined the initiatives at these two schools will benefit more than 2,400 students.
“I am delighted by the expansion of our CSR initiatives in Pune,” said Sajid Iqbal, Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility for Wabtec India. “Wabtec is committed to the wellbeing of people in our operational areas. We’ve made an impact at 50 schools in India this year. The students at these two Pune schools will benefit from the infrastructure improvements, which provide a cleaner, safer, and better overall learning environment.”
After a detailed survey of the region, these two schools were identified as the initial beneficiaries for Wabtec’s education-focused community projects in Pune. A comprehensive assessment to address key gaps were identified and a refurbishment plan was developed. Wabtec partnered with Ennoble Social Innovation Foundation on this project given its expertise in government school infrastructure upgrades and proven track record in transforming several government schools across various states in India.
“Ennoble envisions making government schools lovable and the first choice of the community by revamping school infrastructure and creating conducive learning ecosystems,” said Bhandari. “We are proud to partner with Wabtec, which is focused on working at grassroots levels to improve the learning spaces under its CSR program."
Wabtec’s India Global Sourcing Organization operates from Baner, Pune, and sources parts for Wabtec’s global and domestic plants. Wabtec’s business in India is spread across various manufacturing sites dedicated to rail technology. The company supplies locomotives and subsystems to Indian Railways and metro projects across the region. The company also has a large engineering presence in India.
Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is revolutionizing the way the world moves for future generations. The company is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for the freight and transit rail industries, as well as the mining, marine and industrial markets. Wabtec has been a leader in the rail industry for over 150 years and has a vision to achieve a zero-emission rail system in the U.S. and worldwide. Visit Wabtec’s website at www.wabteccorp.com.
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