The IEEE Foundation, a philanthropic arm of IEEE, supports the IEEE core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. To fulfill this role, the IEEE Foundation relies on donations to fund the new and innovative programs that support educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of IEEE. The IEEE Foundation, through its philanthropy arm in India, inspires the generosity of donors to support its signature programs.
In India, it focuses on education, livelihood, and health projects that use technology to transform lives. IEEE has projects across India in the fields of rural development, engineering education, and livelihood generation. They work with corporate donors, institutional donors, and individual donors to implement these projects.
The IEEE Foundation has executed several projects in India since its inception.
Some of the key Projects include:
IEEE Smart Village
IEEE Smart Village integrates sustainable electricity, education, and entrepreneurial solutions to empower off-grid communities to create a world where all people enjoy equal access to electricity and education to grow opportunities and leverage change for themselves and others. The initiative looks at expanding access to electricity, communication, and computers across the developing world. Over the last five years, IEEE has brought safe, clean, affordable, and sustainable electricity to remote villages in India. The IEEE Smart Village micro utilities are today playing an important role in local health, education, and economic development.
Electric mobility is the mobility of tomorrow. Electric vehicles would not pollute the environment by emitting poisonous gases. Since renewable sources of energy like solar energy would be used to charge batteries, they would be environment friendly and would also prevent the depletion of fossil fuels. This can ensure that cities and towns remain liveable. To this end, the technology has to be embraced quickly. The concept of "distributed generation" is an emerging field associated with smart grid. This project would enable the integration of renewable energy sources, mainly solar energy and the ability to convert even the electric vehicle as a distributed power generation source, which could economically benefit the large population.
The project aims at developing an electric vehicle lab that would provide facilities to be explored with regard to improved power systems for charging, smarter electric drive systems, and IoT technologies for electric vehicles.
The social responsibility aspect of this project focuses on sensitizing and providing solar-based electricity generation for rural and urban areas and also promoting the utilization of more electric vehicles by providing charging infrastructure at various distributed locations. The decentralization of the power generation also ensures free power to the rural and backward communities of our country.
The objective of this project is accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors. The smart board technology creates an audio-visual environment that facilitates students' understanding of concepts quickly and easily and to retain its impact for a longer period. In addition, the smart boards are accompanied with math and science curriculum in Kannada based on the state syllabus. The equipment also has an in-built Wi-Fi from which teachers can also stream educational videos. It also has an instructional video that trains teachers on how to use the equipment.
The schools were provided with a solar backup for the e-learning equipment in case of power outages. In addition, benches and desks and CCTVs were provided for the schools if there was a requirement.
The eLearning Project was completed in five schools that cover 1,000 students and was celebrated with an event in Attibele Government High School.