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Apple said on Thursday that it will donate $5 million (about Rs 37.09 crores) to four historically Black colleges and institutions to assist grow their engineering programs for creating the processors that power electronic gadgets.
Apple stated that the $5 million (approximately Rs 37.09 crores) will be distributed over three years to Alabama A&M University, Howard University in Washington, DC, Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Prairie View A&M University in Texas. The funds come from Apple’s wider racial justice project, which was unveiled last year with an initial investment of $100 million (approximately Rs. 740 crores).
The funding will benefit each school’s engineering departments by increasing course work in areas such as computing architecture and chip design. According to Apple, the funds would also be used to support fellowships and internships in hardware technology.
Many of the chips in Apple’s flagship gadgets are designed in-house, including core processors in Mac computers and iPhone smartphones, as well as unique chips in AirPods headphones that allow them to operate seamlessly with other Apple devices.
“We know that many jobs of the future will be in innovative areas like silicon engineering, and we want to help ensure that the leaders of tomorrow have access to transformational learning opportunities,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, in a statement.