From North Eastern State of India to Jammu & Kashmir, Ashutosh Kumar is working for rural youths who are not able to go to nearest suburban areas for skill training because of financial problems, transportation issues and household works. Sensing the gap in the opportunities available between cities and villages, he has implemented a novel idea that solves several problems in one drive.
Skills on Wheels (SOW) is Ashutosh Kumar’s pet project that has been bringing vocational –IT -training opportunities at the doorstep of rural youth with the help of mobile vans. He has started this under his NGO Sajal Foundation with his pilot in Bihar and expanded it to J&K and Meghalaya.
‘At present, the project is in full swing in two villages near Tura region in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya in collaboration with ‘NERCORMP (an organisation under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) and we are trying to provide jobs to all the students. We are providing free study materials to the students. NIIT Foundation is helping us with the study material, curriculum and certification’. said Ashutosh Kumar
According to a report in Milaap the vehicle will spend around 2 hour in every village and trying to cover at least 1280 students in one year with the help of one vehicle. Youths are provided with jobs and his NGO also help them in self employment. In Bihar, more than 400 students got training and they have placed 50% of them in the local organizations or helped them in starting their own businesses like Customer Service Point, Cyber Café etc. Ashutosh is a social entrepreneur from Bihar, graduated from Lancaster University in England and worked for Citizens for Accountable Governance before coming in the field of Social Entrepreneurship.
Asking about the impact of his initiative, Kumar said ‘ Impact can be clearly seen in Tura(Meghalaya) and also in Jammu & Kashmir. In Tura, women are taking more interest and they are performing better. In J&K, after training around 75 youths are working in the rural BPO started by us in association with Software Technology Parks of India.’
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