The walls of Vineet Nayar’s Sampark Foundation office are covered with framed media clippings of his corporate achievements, but the former chief executive officer of HCL Technologies Ltd wants to talk only about education, a cause to which his organization is devoted. Like the clippings, his corporate life is a thing of the past, said Nayar, who has committed Rs.650 crore to philanthropy.
Former HCL Technologies head, Vineet Nayar spends his spare time guiding around 18 startups, having no mentorship himself.
When educating poor youth, which are more effective: laptops and iPads, or rings on string and plastic blocks? Vineet and Anupama Nayar are betting $100 million that it’s the latter. Through their Sampark Foundation, the former HCL Technologies executive and his wife are on a mission to revamp rural India’s primary education system with low-tech teaching tools.
A big part of the solution to getting young children to learn math in the poorest, most educationally backward parts of the world may be just simple items such as colored rings on strings, plastic blocks of different sizes and multihued circles, triangles and squares. "The kids take a lot of interest when we use these things.