ABOUT TECH MAHINDRA FOUNDATION
Tech Mahindra Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd. Established in 2007, under Section 25 of the Companies Act (now Section 8), it is today active in 12 cities across India .The Foundation works in three key verticals – education, skill development and disability.
SMART (Skills for Market Training) is Tech Mahindra Foundation’s flagship employability programme, with 100 centres providing skill development in 11 cities. With the launch of the first Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare in 2016, the Foundation has brought its expertise in skilling to the domain of healthcare. SMART has successfully trained over 40,000 young men and women, with a placement rate of over 70% thanks to its robust processes ensuring that quality is never compromised, and its industry-led approach to skilling.
In the domains of education, Shikshaantar is the Foundation’s capacity building programme for teachers, run in partnership with seven municipal corporations. The education programmes managed by the Foundation include ARISE (All Round Improvement in School Education) and ARISE+ (All Round Improvement in Special Education) which work for holistic improvements in 37 schools reaching more than 23,000 children annually.
The In-Service Teacher Education Institute (ITEI) in New Delhi is a project directly managed by the Foundation in partnership with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Disability is the third major area of intervention for Tech Mahindra Foundation. The Foundation works towards ensuring that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to be included in education and the economy through its education and skilling programmes. ARISE+ (All Round Improvement in Special Education) and SMART+ (Skills-for-Market Training for persons with disabilities) are the Foundation’s initiatives for persons with disabilities.
MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
Professional Skilling is the spark that ignites progress in any country. Much has been said about India’s demographic dividend but if this demographic dividend is to become an asset we need to equip our youth with professional skills across all sectors and we need to do it today.
Tech Mahindra Foundation has developed expertise in Education and Skilling over the past decade. Our flagship SMART (Skills for Market Training) programme trains 20,000 young people every year with market-relevant job skills, as well as soft skills, computer literacy and English. In May 2016, we launched the very first Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare at Gandhi Ashram in Kingsway Camp, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Harijan Sevak Sangh, and the second Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare in Mohali, Chandigarh.
Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare is a world class, state-of-the-art institution that trains young men and women to get Diplomas in courses such as Dialysis Technician, X-ray and Imaging Technology, Operation Theatre Technician, Medical Records Technology, Medical Lab Technology, etc. Our students are smart, professional and equal to the best anywhere in the world.
To our students in our Academies across India, I would like to say that if you study hard, you can be assured that your work in the future will be more than just a job. You will be carrying out a service to society. People will trust you with the lives of their loved ones – their mothers and fathers, siblings and children. You might be the first person at the scene of an accident, or assisting a surgeon or helping someone through an early diagnosis of a life-threatening disease like cancer. From our side, we promise to assist you through your training not just with the best of infrastructure, laboratories and study material, but also giving you the soft skills and emotional skills to handle these situations. And I am sure, that should any of us ever need medical help we will be not just proud to call upon you, but confident in the care that you will be able to provide.
Wishing you all the very best!
Dr. Loveleen Kacker
CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation