The Rane Pioneer of Change award was instituted as part of Shri L L Narayan (LLN) memorial initiatives during LLN’s centenary function held on 6th October 2017. The award was instituted by Rane Foundation to identify and bring into limelight the grass-root level organizations and individuals from Tamil Nadu, who have excelled as social change leaders in the field of Education – Capacity Building & Skill Development, Public Health and Community Development. The award comprised of a medallion and Rs. 10 Lakhs cash prize.

2017 Award Winners

V-Excel Educational Trust

Rane Foundation, the CSR arm of Rane Group presented Rane Pioneer of Change Award to V-Excel Educational Trust (V-Excel). Started in 2001, V-Excel provides lifespan services for persons with special needs. V-Excel run a wide range of programs such as special schools, specialized therapies, remedial intervention, vocational training, teacher training, etc. With Chennai as the hub, it has 10 centres in 2 states and touched lives of 65,000 children since inception.