The Thermax-Akanksha partnership which began in 1999 when Thermax helped Akanksha begin its operations in Pune has steadily grown over the years. In 2007-2008 this partnership took on many new initiatives. Thermax has been supporting the Akanksha Foundation to improve the lives of underprivileged children.
The School initiatives undertaken by Thermax Foundation are being managed along with Akanksha. The Akanksha Foundation is responsible for recruitment of teachers and staff, their training and ensuring improved learning outcomes and over all administration of schools. Thermax Foundation is responsible for taking care of the entire funding, liaison with the Government and also ensuring smooth functioning of the schools.
In Thermax's new corporate office in Pune, space has been allocated for the Akanksha office and its learning centre. Here, through non formal education children are helped to grow up with self-esteem and good values so that they are equipped to earn and improve the quality of their lives.
The Akanksha Mentor Programme was also introduced in Pune for the first time. This programme started in November 2007 when a group of six employees from Thermax became the mentors for six Akanksha older level kids. The mentors are friends, philosophers and guides for the kids who meet once each week to discuss personality development, academic motivation and career guidance. It has been a tremendously enlightening experience for all the mentors and mentees so far. Thermax encourages its employees to be a mentor to the adolescent kids from Akanksha Centres.
The School initiatives undertaken by Thermax Foundation are jointly managed by Akanksha and Thermax Foundation, where Akanksha Foundation is responsible for recruitment of teachers and staff for the schools and also for training of the teachers, social workers, school leaders and other staff involved.