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?”






























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.


9 Reasons To Volunteer at an NGO in India | Yuva Parivartan

1. Make Use of Your Passion!

Its good to feel strongly about something be it the quality of education or lack of security for women. But why not use that passion? Go out there and make the change!

2. Be the ultimate winner.

Winning an award for being the best employee at office or being the best student at school is all great. But when you realise you’ve made a difference in the lives of many, thats when you feel on top of the world. When one of your less fortunate students or beneficiaries come up to you to thank you for being there for them, you will realise you have won the biggest award you could ever get.


3. Spend your Saturday mornings better.

WRONG! We are wired in a way that 8 hours of sleep is more than enough. Instead of lazing around or spending your mornings surfing through Facebook, do something you would be proud of and transform the nation. You don’t have to sacrifice your life for it, just spare a Saturday morning.

4. Get Inspired!

Once you are at an NGO, you are bound to be inspired in some way or the other; either by your colleagues, the students you teach, etc. You will find people who have sacrificed the so called “meaningful” corporate life for a greater meaning here- so there has to be something more than meets the eye. Find out!

5. Learn a lot.

Take away tons of experiences and learning by just sparing a few hours of your life and volunteering. Next time you find yourself in a heated debate about vocational training, the education sector or the NGO sector be rest assured that you will be the “Arnab Goswami” in that face-off.

6. Service to Humanity is Service to God~Swami Vivekananda

Sleep a little easier knowing that you’ve done your part. Rather than chanting hundreds of rituals, help others in whatever way you can. Make a statement to the world.

7. Discover Yourself!

Leadership qualities, organisational abilities, networking capabilities, compassion…never underestimate yourself for you might have all these. Give yourself a chance and discover yourself. YES YOU CAN!

8. Stand out of the crowd.

Be the change you want to see; don’t sermonise (we Indians tend to do that a lot). Touch the lives of the people who need it the most. One hour of your Saturday is not that great to lose but there are people who will value this one hour for the rest of their lives. The one hour you give might not mean a lot to you but the appreciation you earn in return will make a huge difference to you. Are you someone who is missing out on this? Then volunteer now!

9. Be a human being.

“Khud ke liye toh janwar jeete hain, dusre ke liye bhi toh jeeke dekho. Insaan kehlate ho toh kuch pal insaan ban ke toh dekho.”
Spare a few hours as a human being by volunteering.

Yuva Parivartan’s Social Innovation Acceleration Program with Marico Innovation Foundation

The Marico Innovation Foundation held the 5th edition of the Marico Innovation Awards, on 25th Feb 2014 at NCPA, Mumbai. All the NGOs under the Social Innovation Acceleration program (SIAP) program were invited to be part of the ceremony and showcase their work to industry elites and dignitaries.The Marico Innovation Foundation in collaboration with their strategic consulting partner, Innovation Alchemy, started the Social Innovation Acceleration Program (SIAP) in 2010. Innovation Alchemy helped Marico Innovation Foundation in identifying innovative social projects that have the capacity to apply innovation to take a leap into large scale impact, which led to the Yuva Parivartan “Mobile Camps” project in 2010.

Social Innovation Acceleration Program

Yuva Parivartan – Social Innovation Acceleration Program

With the help of SIAP, Yuva Parivartan increased its footprint and reached out to the remotest areas to train the unemployed youth in their familiar surroundings. The SIAP has helped Yuva Parivartan as an organization on the whole and to understand the methodology involved in taking innovative ideas forward. Under the “Mobile Camps” project, Yuva Parivartan has skilled and employed more than 150,000 youth in the country.