Rane Foundation, the CSR arm of Rane Group presented Rane Pioneer of Change Award to V-Excel Educational Trust (V-Excel). Started in 2001, V-Excel provides lifespan services for persons with special needs. V-Excel runs a wide range of programmes such as special schools, specialised therapies, remedial intervention, vocational training, teacher training, etc. With Chennai as the hub, it has 10 centres in two states and touched lives of 65,000 children since inception.
The Rane Pioneer of Change award was instituted as part of L L Narayan (LLN) memorial initiatives during LLN’s centenary function held on October 6, 2017. The award was instituted by Rane Foundation to identify and bring into limelight the grass-root level organizations and individuals from Tamil Nadu, who have excelled as social change leaders in the field of Education – Capacity Building & Skill Development, Public Health and Community Development. The award comprises of a medallion and Rs. 10 lakh cash prize.
L Lakshman, Managing Trustee, Rane Foundation and Chairman Emeritus, Rane Holdings, said, “V-Excel has a remarkable vision and constructed unique programme called Tiffin Times to enable an individual with special needs to lead a self-sustained life. We wish them the best to scale and touch more lives.”
“We are honoured to be recognised by Rane Foundation with Rane Pioneer of Change award. We are encouraged by this award and this gives us an additional momentum to our mission of supporting the individuals with special needs. The positive outcomes of creating a self-sustained life for individuals with special needs and recognition from a large corporate like Rane is encouraging. We thank the trustees of Rane Foundation and the members of the selection committee for the award,” said Dr Prakash Natarajan, Managing Trustee, V-Excel Educational Trust.