IDF Centre of Excellence (CofE)
Triggered by a personal discussion between Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (former President of India) and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer (CEO, IDF) in 2007, about the need for skill development and enhancing employability factor for the large number of graduating engineers and other graduates churned out of colleges/ universities, the Board of Trustees of Indian Development thought it fit to start a "Centre of Excellence" in Bangalore to bridge this gap.
IDF had a piece of land in Vajrahalli (Bangalore) which was dedicated to the nation for constructing "IDF Centre of Excellence" (CofE).
The foundation stone was laid in 2012 and with the help of Samaritans and Supporters, the construction started in August 2013 and got completed in March 2015. The centre was inaugurated by Distinguished Scientist Dr. Y.S. Rajan on 16th March 2015 and dedicated it to the nation. IDF in its diversified role is concentrating on education and employability of the youth.
The Centre of Excellence will be a great boon for empowering the youth of this country through skill development. It will be a kind of finishing school for the graduates/ engineering students to make them job-ready and enhance their employability.
The three-storey CofE will cater to different social projects.
GOODNESS MESSAGES FOR IDF CofE
Dear Dr ARK Pillai,
I am happy to know that the Indian Development Foundation is planning to dedicate its first Centre of Excellence (CofE) - a holistic sustainable development model project on 16th March 2015 at Bangalore. I am also happy to note that CofE at Bangalore will also be a multi-faceted facility catering to different social projects which will be useful for all sections of the society. I convey my best wishes to all the members of IDF participating in the inauguration on 16th March 2015 at Bangalore.
With best wishes
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
Former President of India
5 March 2015
My dear Narayan:
Thank you very much for your kind letter. I am very happy that you will be dedicating the first Centre of Excellence on 16th March at Bengaluru. I wish this function great success. Please convey my very warm regards to Dr A R K Pillai. I congratulate the Indian Development Foundation on its initiative.
With warm personal regards,
Prof. M S Swaminathan
Father of Green Revolution
UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology,
Founder Chairman and Chief Mentor, MSSRF
11 March 2015