S.D. Shibulal, a cofounder of technology giant Infosys, and Mrs. Kumari Shibulal received a Maharishi Award at the 2016 Fall Celebration, at which time they announced that their foundation would be providing scholarships totaling $100,000 for students from India who enroll in the new Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program that will begin in January.
Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting, with clients in more than 50 countries.
The Shibulals were honored with an award for their charitable work, which includes organizing social programs for the underprivileged in India in the areas of education, child cardiac surgery, pension plans, and organic farming.
The scholarships will cover 50% of the tuition for eligible applicants from India — 10 scholarships per year for two years.
The Shibulals founded the Sarojini Damodaran Foundation in 1999 out of a sense of responsibility towards society. The foundation began by offering scholarships and gradually expanded its reach to a range of causes, including education, cardiac care, pension projects, nutrition, organic farming, arts, culture, and sustainability in different parts of India.
“The Sarojini Damodaran Foundation, under the leadership of Mrs. Shibulal, has empowered thousands of economically deprived youth, women, and families in India,” said professor A. Thimmaiah, who is friends with the Shibulal family. “Every year they are reaching out to more and more people who need help. Confucius once said, ‘Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.’ Their humility and generosity is exemplary for other successful business leaders to emulate and serve humanity and mother Earth.”
Scholarship recipients will enroll in the new 10-month certificate program in regenerative organic agriculture that will begin in January. It will combine classroom instruction with six months of field work learning all facets of organic agriculture.