Over the course of post-Independence India’s corporate life span, the contribution of corporate firms’ to societal improvement has had tremendous change in its form. It has grown from being corporate philanthropy or donation and charity, to strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) that benefits the firms as well. CSR has gained even greater momentum since India’s ratification of the Paris Accord in 2016 giving sustainable development a large amount of significance in the country’s international standing in terms of fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
India is a country that is characterized by its diversity in demographic, resources, culture, religion, language and all other spheres of society. Where on the one hand this diversity gives the nation its unique identity, on the other hand, it is also the root cause of a vast variety of social issues. It is a country that is developing but with massively underutilized potential and a considerable population that is difficult to provide for. What it needs is a reformation of mindset, a betterment of skills and considerable investment on socio-economic upliftment.
The latest Indian census indicates a 490,000+ community of transgender people in India. They are recognized legally as the “Other”, and treated exactly like their legal namesake – the transgender, Hijra community of India is till date sidelined, stereotyped and stigmatized. They seem to every “normal” person as someone who is different and unnatural. It is this lack of acceptance and discrimination that is the primary cause of their terrible conditions of lifestyle and why there seems to be no escaping this plight.
For increasing economic potential of India it is necessary to increase potential of our Youth as well. Seed CSR has implemented a number of Skill Development Programs in collaboration with many corporates. Just to name one among them is our recent skill development session where 600 youth took part. This implementation was a part of DFHL’s CSR initiative, where we conducted a world class training sessions by highly experienced experts of BFSI domain and construction sector. It was wonderful to see a large number of youth coming forward to attend this session and making it a huge success.
At SEED, we believe that programs initiated for Skill Development should create individuals who become competent enough to compete in the markets for the skills they possess. This is a feat that can only be achieved if training involves an adequate balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to master the trade. Our programs in our project areas include training in trades like electrical, computer, welding, automobile, among a wide variety of others. Keeping with this idea of a holistic training structure, students are also encouraged to take of extra classes, tests, Olympiads and practical submissions.
Providing skills and further, jobs for the youth are a predominant feature of the UN Sustainable Developments Goals agenda 2030. Education and trainin...
The “Skill India” mission was set in place by the Narendra Modi two years ago and has been fast-tracking development in the nation ever since. It is a program that understands the need to make use of the abundant labor force we have at our disposal, in a manner that uplifts their standards and raises the country’s level of development as well. The idea remains simple – give a man charity and he’ll survive for a week but teach him a skill and he will earn a livelihood. Today, on July 2015, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Skill India and its continuous success.
India is a nation that despite being personified to “Mother India” has had the harshest lifestyle for females.
All efforts for sustainable growth and development are only efforts worth making if there exists a population to be impacted with their progress. It is this importance of a stable and healthy populace that is celebrated on July 11, the World Population Day as declared by the UNGA in 1989. The demographic composition is not the only point of importance to this awareness method; it aims to highlight the issues that impact the population and their relation to development and the environment.