Yuva Parivartan 7th summit – Skilling Rural India – The Technology Imperative

Yuva Parivartan 7th summit – Skilling Rural India – The Technology Imperative

 

 

 

Yuva Parivartan, an initiative of Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, had its 7th summit themed “Skilling Rural India – The Technology Imperative” on 22, August, 2017 in Mumbai. Eminent panel of experts led by Padma Vibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Chairman of the Advisory Board of KSWA and well known Scientist and Innovator, which pressed on the need and ways of fast tracking skilling to reach larger numbers of youth especially in rural India.

 

“Technology can give wings to skilling” and the eminent speakers at the Yuva Parivartan gave wings to the summit as it was a grand success.

  Dr. Mashelkar highlighted the need to create an inclusive India, an India that is able to meet the aspirations of the youth by providing those skills that would be relevant for the jobs of tomorrow. He further added that disruptive innovations is the key to pole vault not just leap frog and be ready for meeting the skilling needs of industry 4.0. How is it possible? Just four months ago we were ranked 151 in the world for mobile data transmission but now we rank 4th with 110 crores of mobile data transmission. The need to be backed by technology and policy to achieve our goals is what something Dr. Mashelkar stressed upon.

 

 

Mr. Kher who is the president of the Yuva Parivartan was next to speak at the summit said “we considered ourselves the champions of lost causes, as skilling was least popular subject for social sectors and making a difference.

 

 
He was quick to point out facts like 65% of the population lives in rural India and 92% of all jobs are in the informal sector and only 8% in the “Formal” sector. Talking about the skill deficit problem that country faces today and emphasizing on the theme for the summit he said, “For the first time in 20 years we see a ray of sunshine that technology imperative is something that can be an approach towards tackling this problem.”

 

Skilling Deprived Youth – The Technology Imperative

 

With the millennia’s  now comprising the main the component of our students with generations Z to follow and in the context of  all the stakeholders have failed to address the large numbers 350 million youth, in terms of skilling and livelihoods,  Technology is the only answer to salvaging the idea of the ‘Demographic Divide’. The following 2 options are:

·        One, ‘Blended Learning’ which is a combination of courseware taught through CDs followed by practical’s which require the presence of an instructor.

·        The second option to use the smart phones to enable access to content where there is connectivity

 

Also witness the use of the word “Jobs” instead of “Livelihood “which should be the operative nomenclature for Rural Incomes.

Mr. Manish Kumar, CEO NSDC, gave several examples where technology was enabling livelihood generation for rural youth. One of them was about girls in rural Orissa, providing data for algorithms used for driverless cars in the California, USA. He also mentioned that artificial intelligence and virtual reality programs are gaining momentum and helping bridge the gap between urban and rural India. He lauded Yuva Parivartan’s effort so far and assured further collaboration with the organization.

The panel discussion speakers included Mr. Amit Chandra, MD, Bain Capital, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Development Economist & Professor, ISB, Kumar Vivek, Education Specialist, World Bank, B. Ganesh, Founder, SkillTrain Training and Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd., Sonali Mehta Rao, CGO, Awaaz De and Mahesh Ranade, CEO, Yuva Parivartan.

 

Mr. Amit Chandra, said that while the impact of technology can be seen in several sectors, skill development has not witnessed the transformative power of technology. He said that entrepreneurial skills and risk taking ability should be an integral part of all skill development programs. He gave an example of a young  AI scientists who wanted to work only Panipat for his project reiterating what Dr. Mashelkar said that millenials are not looking for jobs outside India but want to build something of their own in India.

 

In further discussion Kumar Vivek mentioned how technology is being used in Africa and countries like Zanzibar where radio waves are used to send the messages, similarly in Pakistan text messages were used to reach out to the people in rural areas and works like magic. When asked if the technology is being used to its full potential Dr. Amir Ullah Khan said “a loud yes”

He also added that to get youth a job requires us to address three handicaps, 1) literacy, 2) Social (Women are not allowed to take up jobs) and 3rd is the information gap, and the only thing that helped them fought those handicaps  was technology.

Mr. Mahesh Ranade concluded the summit by talking about difficulties we faced before applying technology and how Yuva Parivartan app and tablet helps by filling the real-time data in rural areas and getting the work done faster and is a right way to reach out more people effectively.

“We are still not home we are a work in progress”, he said and then mentioned Benjamin Franklin’s quote that “There are kind of people in the world, the Movable, Immovable and the Moved”. He rightly said that Yuva Parivartan has moved with digitization.

He ended his speech with a beautiful hindi quote “Sochne se kaha milte hain tammanao ke shahair , chalne ki zid bhi zaroori hain manzilo ko  paane ke liye.” Which means we can’t reach the city of dreams just by thinking but we need to walk the path,  rightly enforcing the motto of this year at Yuva Parivartan “Kaho nahi Karo?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twitter chat on population management hosted by Dainik Jagran (Janhit Jagran)

Dainik Jagran which started in 1942, has a readership of 5.59 cr and is the second-largest newspaper in India by circulation and the largest read newspaper’s for 21 years in a row. With 37 editions in 11 states, it has been voted as ‘Most credible news source” by BBC-Reuters survey. Dainik Jagran’s initiative Janhit Jagran hosted a Twitter chat on human resource management a subset of their population management domain.

Janhit  Jagran approached Mahesh Ranade to share the views about human resource management for the twitter chat session. After that a date was scheduled for the event based on availability and the event details as well as the creative’s were posted on their twitter handle as well as Dainik Jagrans’ newspaper platforms like social media as well as print media  promoting the event. The event was also promoted on Yuva Parivartan social channels as well as the website.

The stage was set between 2 experts Mr. Mahesh Ranade, (CEO, Yuva Parivartan) and Kamal Seth (Founder, Human Circle).

The 140 characters responses offered Mr. Ranade the opportunity to give short, clear answers as to population as well as human resource can be managed better by providing life-skills in schools as well as underprivileged dropouts.

As soon as the chat session was started tweet with various questions started flooding in on Janhit Jagran twitter page, and a drastic question was asked by Swapnil, “Would the world benefit from a global epidemic?” Mahesh Ranade, replied saying that it would be a prohibitively costly affair and will disable the population.

There were queries in Hindi too, considering most of the readers of Dainik Jagran are Hindi speaking and the reply was provided in Hindi too.

Another user Jai Pandit had a really interesting query saying” Illiteracy, poverty and over population goes hand-in-hand. How can we tackle this?” To which Mahesh Ranade quickly replied, “Through awareness from school level and livelihood-oriented education”, which is very much Yuva Parrivartan is all about providing livelihood skills to school dropouts and under-privileged.

Then there were queries related to blame game and Mahesh Ranade rightly mentioned that we the people (society) are equally responsible as well as the government for the current issues we are facing.

Overall it was fruitful 75 minutes session, where right questions were asked and satisfactory answers provided which were re-tweeted by many of the Janhit Jagrans’ followers. It also showed that people are aware of the population issue the country is facing and actively looking for the solutions.  Moreover people agreed that skilling and sex education should be provided and schools and more should be done to reach out the rural masses.

Yuva Parivartan with its mobilization camps and community meetings is doing its bit to reach out the people in rural areas and providing vocational skills so that they can earn a living for them and their family.

The event was also covered in Dainik Jagran Delhi/NCR publication.

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Parivartan of Nazima from a survivor to a provider

Hell broke loose when Nazima’s husband left her and their three daughters for worse. Hence Nazima had to undertake desperate measures to survive. She worked extremely hard to make ends meet.

Mrs Nazima

She worked as a house maid by day and an agarbatti maker by night, making barely RS 2000 a month. But her life took a better turn one day when she came to know about Yuva Parivartan through door to door flyers. She took a decision to join the tailoring course at YP. According to her that was the best decision of her life. As soon as her course got done Yuva Parivartan placed her in Star Garments where she earns RS 6000/month. She is extremely content now as she can afford her daughters’ education and give them the life they deserve.

Yuva Parivartan and ABC Consultants come together to impact many lives

Yuva Parivartan and ABC Consultants have been partners for 1 year now. ABC Consultants sponsors the training of underprivileged youth in various parts of India. Their partnership with ABC consultants has strengthen over the year with regular participation from the ABC management and employees.

ABC Alipore

Taking this alliance to the next level, Yuva Parivartan was provided the opportunity to showcase the products, made by youth from tribal Rajasthan, at the ABC Annual Meeting held at the Fairmount Hotel in Jaipur.

Citing this opportunity, the Yuva Parivartan Rajasthan team worked tirelessly to organise the event and arrange the product stalls. The YP West Bengal team was also invited to exhibit the products made by the students at Alipore Correctional home, a women’s prison in West Bengal.

The exhibition proved to be a success as most of the exhibited products were bought by the ABC employees, raising more than Rs. 13,000.  IMG_1993

This has encouraged the Rajasthani and the Bengali women to produce more products. The Yuva Parivartan is also motivated and excited by this opportunity and will be organizing a similar exhibition at the next ABC Annual Meeting scheduled in June.

Perseverance pays off and how!

They say – “The true purpose of education is to make minds and not only careers” and Yuva Parivartan (YP) stands by this adage. We at YP believe in providing holistic knowledge to our students in order to make them better individuals in society. We are proud that we have transformed lives of many such individuals and one such example is Mrs. Sunita Singh.

Sunita Singh

Sunita is a homemaker survived by her husband and two kids. Her husband, a labourer was the sole earning member of her family before she joined YP. Sunita always had the urge to stand on her own feet but wasn’t confident as she hadn’t completed her education. She stumbled upon YP’s banner at a local market in Khopoli and got in touch with the local Yuva Parivartan Centre. With proper guidance under facilitator Mrs Padma Joshi, she learnt the basic tailoring course. Soon after completing this course, Sunita decided to test her skills. According to Mrs. Padma, Sunita had been extremely dedicated towards the course and had the right aptitude to start on her own. She started getting orders to stitch clothes at home soon enough. She now earns around 5000 per month. Not only is her husband very happy but also extremely proud of her. Sunita loves her job so much that now wishes to advance it by joining the Fashion Designing course at YP. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

A proud wife, mother and an entrepreneur!

“Now my husband doesn’t need to borrow money from others!” exclaimed Vandana, once a homemaker. Her husband often fell short of cash to provide for her as well as their two sons. In order to pay their school fees he would need to borrow money from friends and relatives. Vandana accepted this arrangement reluctantly as she knew her kids deserved an education.

In November 2013, her life took a better turn when Yuva Parivartan’s social workers visited her village – Hiwarkhed. She was extremely impressed by the courses offered at Yuva Parivartan and enrolled herself in the beautician’s course. Since, Vandana had to take care of her sons; she decided to work from home after completing her course in February 2014.

Vandana Wakode Akot LDC

Soon, her neighbors and other friends started admiring her skills and started receiving a lot of wedding make up orders. It is been more than a year since she started and she now earns about Rs. 5000/- month. She says – “I can’t complain now. Life is beautiful and perfect! My husband respects me as we both have become the bread winners of the house, my kids love me as I am not only giving them the basic necessities but also am able to fulfill their desires!”

Her 10 year old son loves to help her around the chores while she is tending to her in-house parlor. Her younger son wants to become an Engineer while the older one, a doctor. Vandana is an extremely determined woman and will make sure she won’t leave any stone unturned to fulfill her sons’ aspirations!

An account of Krishna Koshti’s tryst with Yuva Parivartan

A lack of accomplishment in a child’s life can be disheartening for any dad. Krishna was merely a 10th pass and earned a paltry wage working at a local garment factory. His father wished that he helped support the family but Krishna was not qualified enough.

Krishna Koshti

During one of the mobilization programmes by Yuvaparivartan, Krishna came to know about the courses offered at –Yuva Parivartan’s Ahmedabad center. He joined the Tally course in Feb 2014, completed it in June 2014 and immediately got a job at Parle Elizabeth Tools Pvt. Ltd.(Ahmedabad). His employers felt that, he was a quick learner and could capture the company’s work quicker than others. In a span of 3 months, his income increased from 2000 to 7000. He is so inspired by Yuva Parivartan that he has decided to go back and pursue his studies. Next year, he would be appearing for his 12th board exams, followed by commerce.

Krishna’s father, a humbled man is extremely proud of his son. He encourages others in the community to enroll for a Yuva Parivartan course.

When asked about how he feels about this, he says- “It’s life changing”