Nowadays, corporate socialresponsibility is playing an important role in the rapidly changing globalworld.
It refers to ensuring the success of a business by the inclusion ofsocial and environmental considerations into a company’s operations. It means contributingpositively to societal development. Business have begun to take a more targetedapproach in their corporate social responsibility programs and are seeking toimpact areas that have a correlation with their own business aspirations. Formany businesses, education is a crucial part of their plans and policy, sincethe needs exist in all geographic areas, across all subject areas, and for allkind of people. The bottom line is that educational outreach efforts have thecapability to make a real and long-lasting difference for all players involvedbecause education as process and product enduring assets. In India, many firmshave taken the various initiatives of CSR practices which have met with varyingneeds of society but still there is a gap between awareness and achievement ofeducation aspirations. Education is playing an important role in the progressof individual and moreover societal growth.
The term ‘education’ has beeninterpreted by different people in different ways. Some people in generallyrefer to it as formal schooling or to lifelong continuing learning. Some othersconsign to it as acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Some say thateducation is nothing, but training of people’s mind in a particular directionto brings about desired changes either internal or external forces. Educationis the traditional sense; it means controlling or disciplining the behaviour ofan individual and society. According toIndian great son of soil Swami Vivekananda rightly mentions that, ‘Education isthe manifestation of perfection already in man. Like fire in a piece of flint,knowledge exists in the mind. Suggestion is the friction; which brings it out’.
Dictionary of Education (editedby C.V. Good, 1973) “The aggregate of all the processes by which a persondevelops abilities, attitudes and other forms of behaviour of practical valuesin the society in which s/he lives; the social process by which people aresubjected to the influence of selected and controlled environment (especially thatof the school), so that they may obtain social competence and optimumindividual development”. Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was rightly spokenthat “By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child andman’s body, mind and spirit”. As well as Rabindranath Tagore truly mentionsthat ‘the highest education is that which does not merely give us informationbut makes our life in harmony with all existence’. In Rig-Veda “Education issomething, which makes a man self-reliant and self-less. Educationis the creation of sound mind in a sound body.
It develops man’s facultyspecially his mind so that he may be able to enjoy the contemplation of supremetruth, goodness and beauty (Aristotle). According to John Dewey “Education isnot a preparation for life, rather it is the living. Education is the processof living through a continuous reconstruction of experiences. It is the developmentof all those capacities in the individual which will enable him to control his environmentand fulfil his possibilities.