poa_logo_smThe tree in our logo is the Banyan tree, it spreads by sending out aerial branches that reach down to the earth and become rooted as additional trunks. The roots then give rise to more trunks and branches. Its branches extend all about; nourished by the three attributes of nature (luminescence, mobility and lethargy). Its real form is not perceived here, nor its end nor beginning nor its foundation. Because of these characteristics and its longevity, this tree is considered immortal. This is a daring, almost surrealistic metaphor – a tree with roots above and branches below.

Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1913 once said, in a letter to his friend C.F.Andrews: “To study a banyan tree, you not only must know its main stem in its own soil, but also must trace the growth of its greatness in the further soil, for then you can know the true nature of its vitality.”

Just what Tagore said, POA Educational Foundation aims to “shed its beneficent shade away from its own birthplace” and expects the beneficiaries to do the same. Even though the branches and leaves may spread out far and wide, they are always joined to their root cause.