In 2007, Artech’s diversity commitment went global with the construction of the Artech-Dalmia Center for IT, a state-of-the-art facility in Rajasthan, India.
Local officials were present to inaugurate the Center in January, 2008. The facility, located at the prestigious all-woman Banasthali University, provides women with the training in software, hardware, and communications technologies necessary to obtain Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in the IT field. The goal of the Center is to empower women with cutting-edge technology skills.
Regarding the Center, Ranjini Poddar said, “The women’s professional environment in India is rapidly progressing and we’re excited about being part of that movement. I feel a real sense of achievement, knowing that Artech is supporting advancement programs for women overseas as well as here in the US.”
The Banasthali University was founded in 1935 and is located in Rajasthan less than 200 miles from Delhi. The student body totals approximately 8,000 women pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education. The campus spans 850 acres with 22 hostels and a capacity of housing 438 students. There are also more than 220 fully equipped staff quarters including a Working Women’s Hostel with more than 80 seats.
The Center has already started to change lives and to improve the quality of life for its community.