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SBI donates Rs 1.2cr to disabled soldiers’ training institute

The State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday announced a donation of Rs 1.2 crore to the Queen Mary’s Technical Institute in Pune for upgrading its training infrastructure for disabled soldiers.

The SBI’s local Head Office and the Indian Army signed an MoU on Tuesday in Mumbai to ensure end-use of the amount.

The QMTI – an associate of the Indian Army – will also use the funds for purchasing a modified bus for the disabled soldiers trained there.

In its centenary year, the QMTI engages in imparting vocational training to disabled soldiers to enable their dignified rehabilitation.

It was first founded in Mumbai in May 1917 by Lady Marie Willingdon, wife of then Governor of Bombay, Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas. In 1922, the QMTI was shifted to a spacious 17-plus acres campus at Khadki on Pune outskirts.

Since inception, it has imparted training to differently abled ex-servicemen rendered unfit for armed force service due to medical reasons and in-service personnel undergoing prolonged medical treatment for severe disabilities in suitable vocational trades.