“ We would like to dedicate this honour to sections of society, who understood and helped us bring change in the way education functions and are perceived. ”
“ It is our belief that forums like these help in proliferating our initiatives to a wide audience and in promoting larger national interests. ”
“ The jury process was very organised and just the opportunity to present to a jury of that kind of eminence was a pleasure - winning was an icing on the cake! ”
“ This honour is an invitation to our partners to commit and to offer our best to the least of the society through Homelink / Missing Children Search Network program. ”
“ Nasscom Social Innovation Forum has helped us in achieving visibility and had a really positive impact. ”
“ The visibility that this award has created for us and the support and connects that it has generated is sincerely appreciated! ”
“ NSIF has provided us the much needed platform to take our idea to the world. ”
Winner: SkillTrain, SkillTrain Training and Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd
B. Ganesh, Founder of SkillTrain Training and Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd
Challenge: There are nearly 15 million school kids who drop out of school education every year in India. With no option to get back to main stream education and regular vocational training being expensive, they do not have any other choice. More importantly, this population is so wide spread that traditional vocational institutions are unable to reach them. Hence, there is a clear need to use technology enabled vocational training to bring this population into main stream employment.
Innovation: SkillTrain is a social enterprise that uses mobile phone as an enabler in delivery vocational training to rural school dropouts. SkillTrain has developed video content that is playable on cheap mobile phones in rural areas. This has helped us deliver free video content to the school dropouts thereby enabling access to vocational training direct to their pockets without them spending a lot of money and effort in accessing them.