Skill development using technologies available to NGOs

March 24, 2020 12:00 AM
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India is considered a land of infinite possibilities. Ever since globalization and industrialization, India's growth has been at around 6-8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is easy to deduct that the country is aiming at superior performance, economics wise as well as in domains like, research and power. The younger generation (aged  35 and below) constitute about 2/3rd of the entire population of the country. With IT and global developments, many multinational organizations are hiring talent from India. 

According to reports, 13 million students graduate every year in India. But out of these, only 8 - 10% have relevant job skills for employability in the service sector. While job openings are increasing rapidly, applicants seem to lack suitable skill-sets. To address these concerns and reduce the unemployability rates in the country, the Government has launched a Rs 4000 Cr programme for skill acquisition and knowledge awareness, For Livelihood Promotion Programme (SANKALP). Alongside, many NGOs like Smile Foundation, Vivid Foundation, Tata Strive Mission, Don Bosco Tech, Give India, etc. have initiatives that have opened up a new path for knowledge and training/certification that has allowed many private institutions and public sectors organisations to extend jobs to those from socially secluded parts of the country..  

Technology is a fundamental link that can standardize, scale and impact the current scenario in skill development. Right from learning to teaching, anything that requires a fair evaluation can be possible with the help of technology. To uplift the poorer sections of the society, many NGOs work in the skill training and development domain. Such organisations give people a chance to learn and develop their skills, aiding them in finding suitable earning opportunities. 

With modern technologies being integrated into operations in every domain, relevant skill training could open up an array of opportunities. Technologies starting from computer management and administration, excel learning, data entry, etc. can be a stepping stone for job aspirants to gain skill fitment. With the aid of technology, NGOs can create a regulated structure for educating people, holding assessments, etc. Most industries now have mandated a certain level of soft skills as a basic requirement for individuals to qualify for placement.  

Upskilling could improve the overall literacy rate, reduce the rate of unemployment and strengthen the existing job availability. Recently, Million Sparks Foundation developed a mobile application platform called ChalkLit, that aims to help students, teachers and schools pan India to provide better education and content quality as well as enhance the classroom atmosphere. 

Organizations have been providing a pool of resources to people who lack equal opportunities in India. Skill Development into new technologies and areas of growth are challenging. To find the right faculty, mentors and assessment of required tools is a critical yet challenging task. 

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