India has the highest population of youth in the world, which is an opportunity, as well as a threat. In a rapidly ageing society, people need to be economically productive. While this is true, it also essential that the skill gaps are fixed urgently, before they become an insurmountable hurdle in the path of our youth.
And this ‘gap’ is felt the most acutely by those in marginalised or backward communities, especially women. “Even after our education, we are not able to achieve anything,” laments Savari Parveen, when she reflects on the common state of women in Metiabruz, West Bengal.
But things are changing for her, and thousands of Sarvaris like her in Tier II and Tier III cities, who no longer need to curtail their dreams due to a lack of marketable, new-age skills.
All thanks to the Anudip Foundation, founded by the husband-wife duo Radha Ramaswami Basu and Dipak Basu in 2007.
The Foundation focuses on skilling youth in smaller towns and providing them with access to productive jobs to enhance their livelihood.
Communication is the cornerstone on which the Foundation builds its impact. New age roles like identifying images for machine learning algorithms and video analysis – used for a variety of applications from Major League Baseball Analytics to helping develop driverless car technology — require advanced skills. Such skills, not traditionally found in India’s education system, are taught by the Foundation.
Accenture has partnered with the Anudip Foundation in this initiative to skill disadvantaged youth in underserved communities. As a part of this collaboration, Anudip has impacted more than 47,000 candidates. Other than this, Anudip has been getting support for customising and digitising their curriculum too.
Here’s more about their work:
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