Mphasis, leading IT service and solutions provider and The/Nudge Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable poverty alleviation, have enter into a partnership to provide life skills training to the underprivileged. The/Nudge Foundation has inked a two year association with Mphasis, with a mission to bridge the gap between skilled and unskilled labor force in the country. Both Mphasis and The/Nudge Foundation will set up Life-skill training centers called ‘Gurukuls’ in Bengaluru.
The partnership brings innovative approach to improving India’s massive skill deficit. Gurukuls, the four-month residential programme will aim to impart life-skills, literacy as well as livelihoods to the youngsters from disadvantaged communities across Bengaluru.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Meenu Bhambhani, Head of CSR, Mphasis said, “Mphasis is excited to partner with The/Nudge Foundation for providing life-skills training to those in need. The program is clearly in line with our brand promise in working towards improving the life of the underprivileged and could then become model solutions or interventions in the area of skill and development. We are confident of the potential of these Gurukuls that would train youth groups in specific trades and narrow India’s skill gap.”
Speaking on the partnership, Atul Satija, Founder and CEO, The/Nudge Foundation said, “At The/Nudge, our aim is to create Gurukuls that can provide real opportunities for people to escape the cycle of poverty, through gainful employment. We intend to work towards these Gurukuls becoming national centers of excellence. Partnering with Mphasis gives us the confidence in continuing our effort of skill enhancement throughout the country”.
In the first batch of the Gurukul, female students will be trained to be placed as beauticians and the male students will get trained as drivers. In addition, intensive courses from English language literacy to financial literacy to family management shall be imparted by industry experts. The low-income communities will not just learn vocational skills but will also be equipped with life skills and economic foundations including interpersonal skills, financial management, family planning, health and nutrition etc., resulting in higher job security, growth and overall development after the four months training.