On 17th April 2012, Panasonic India collaborated with Everonn India Foundation (EIF), Chennai, to provide a life innovation container (LIC) to a State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) Facility. The decision to collaborate with EIF, a charitable trust towards spreading quality education across India, was made on the basis of their CSR and business driven efforts to spread quality education towards building an equitable society in India. The objective of the collaboration is to demonstrate the convergence of employable skill development, renewable energy and eco conscious product solutions to aid development goals in India in a scalable and sustainable manner. The initiative is further intended to set new standards in private - public sector partnerships that can meet the twin objectives of social enhancement and enterprise development.
The donation ceremony was inaugurated by all representatives from the different parties in a traditional Indian ceremony of lighting a lamp. At the ceremony Mr. Daizo Ito, President of Panasonic India stated "Panasonic is committed to helping build a sustainable society in collaboration with various countries, governments and NGOs as a part of its corporate citizenship activities and on this occasion, Panasonic really express its gratitude to both Everonn and SIPCOT for this association". In addition to this, Mr Thimmya, CEO of Everonn Skills, has been thankful to Panasonic. He also added that the LIC will further strengthen the goal of providing quality education to less privileged members of society. Ms Michiko Ogawa, General Manager of the Corporate Citizenship Group at Panasonic also presented a brief introduction of Panasonic Company's contribution to society and how LICs are utilized in the other countries.
The concept of the LIC was introduced in India in December 2011, showing yet another step by Panasonic to initiate energy conservation ideas and support the sustainable development initiatives in the country. This power system container is an emission free eco-friendly comprehensive solution which can be utilized in areas with no power for audio visual education to improve access to information in rural areas or for small businesses.
The LIC is a perfect example of optimum utilization of earth's most renewable source of energy - solar energy. There are many areas in India which are deficient in terms of power supply and with the introduction of LIC, Panasonic intends to help in development of such areas by providing a system of electricity generation which is also eco-friendly.
The donated LIC unit has been installed in a semi rural area at the SIPCOT Training Center at 30 km away from Chennai, India called Irungatokotai, which caters to less privileged women and thereby assists in helping them find employment. During the ceremony, using the LIC unit, a distant learning class was also organized. Panasonic India is also contributing educations aids such as Plasma TVs, Projectors, and Laptops while Everonn Foundation is helping with the vocational training programs and VSAT education.
Following Indonesia, Tanzania and Japan, the LIC installed in SIPCOT Training Centre is the 5th unit to be used. These units have been working in various areas in cooperation with the government or NGO.