NASSCOM Foundation imparts Employability Skills to 100+ Persons with Disabilities

Bangalore, 8th Dec 2017: NASSCOM Foundation today announced the culmination of its first year of training under the unique ‘Centre of Excellence for Persons with Disabilities’ programme in Bangalore. This first Centre of Excellence, funded by Conduent Business Services India LLP (Conduent India), has successfully imparted employability skills to 100+ Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).Conduent India’s partnership with NASSCOM also supported delivery of digital literacy for 2000+ people from underserved communities. The latter was executed through two new Digital Literacy centres set up for this initiative.

The first ofits kind ‘Centre of Excellence for Persons with Disabilities’ trained PwDs onindustry specific finance and accounting skills; basic communications and lifeskills. Conduent India’s support was instrumental in reaching out to theintended beneficiaries – who were persons with speech and hearing impairmentsand orthopaedic disabilities. Each centre has been equipped with specialfacilities to cater for people with different disabilities. The training wasconducted with the help of sign language interpreters provided by the trainingpartners – V-Shesh.

From the 100students trained, over 64 have already been placed with organizations likeCISCO, Synchrony Financial, Infrahedge Services, Amazon, Equitas, Vindhya Infomedia.Thestudents who are not placed are being provided ample opportunities to get joboffers through various placement drives and job fairs being conducted by theFoundation.

The digitaltraining centres are located at RT Nagar and Annasandra Palyaand focus ondelivering digital literacy skills to people from the underserved communitiesaround their respective localities. These digital literacy efforts, managedunder the National Digital Literacy Mission and conducted on the ground byimplementation partners Saint Paul’s Women’s Education Society, represent afar-sighted, dynamic and integrated platform of digital literacy awareness,education and capacity building programmes. Such initiatives help ruralcommunities to fully participate in the global digital economy. Supported byConduent India, the trained beneficiaries are now able to send emails, connecton social media, purchase from ecommerce websites, and even leverage theinternet to avail various government services such as registering for Aadhaar cards,ration cards, and PAN cards amongst others.

Speaking onthe completion of the first year of both programmes, Lokesh Prasad,CEO,Conduent India said, “At Conduent we believe that inclusivity iscritical to overall societal development. Conduent India supports variousinitiatives through Shram Daan (volunteering time) and sponsorships thatdirectly impact literacy and awareness for underserved communities includingchildren, women, PwDs and other minority groups. These programmes cater toproviding beneficiaries with access to new opportunities which will result inan empowered and inclusive society”

He furtheradded “It is heartening to see that the Skills for PwDs and Digital LiteracyProgrammes have touched so many lives.We are honoured to have been abletopartner with NASSCOM and V-Shesh on these initiatives. I congratulate andthank both our partners for the incredible work they have undertaken and theimpact they have made towards improving quality of life of PwDs and underservedcommunities.”

NASSCOMFoundation’s CEO, Mr. Shrikant Sinha, said. “As we gear up to celebrate the 1st anniversary forthe Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act, we are glad to announce that withthe support of Conduent India, we have been able to train over 100 PwDs in Skillswhich enable them to not just get a job but a career. With more than half ofthe trained beneficiaries already placed, we are proud to announce that theindustry has been welcoming the skilled PwD workforce with open arms.We arethankful to Conduent India to come forward in full support for this initiativeand encourage more corporates to collaborate with us towards making PwDsemployment ready.”

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