India needs to create tens of millions of highly skilled knowledge workers to sustain its economic growth, meet global demand and fulfil its human potential.
Wadhwani Skills Colleges
To meet the skill demands of a growing Indian economy and increasing youth population, Wadhwani Foundation launched the Skills Colleges Initiative. This will build world-class capacity for three million higher education seats tightly linked with market-linked vocational education.
Working closely with Industry, Central & State Governments as well as Educational Institutes, the Initiative aims to offer a faster, cheaper and better alternative to the regular college track and thus open the doors to the 4.5 million youth left behind after completing Class 12 each year.
The initiative will provide a shorter cycle industry driven Associate Degree with flexibility to transfer credits to mainstream degrees. The thrust is to link education to jobs that not only fulfils lifelong improvement in skills but also meets the knowledge worker demand of Industry and international businesses. more
Network for the Disabled (WF-OND)
India has some 70 million people with disabilities, including many with high school and college degrees, for whom there are significant obstacles to employment.
The Wadhwani Foundation-Opportunity Network for the Disabled was launched to directly help train and place over 100,000 people with disabilities into sustainable high-quality corporate jobs in partnership with private and public sector employers. Making companies recognize the business value of hiring these motivated, dedicated and educated people with disabilities could subsequently trigger large scale direct employment by the industry.