The Academy marks a significant milestone in the journey of expanding the foundation’s ‘SMART’ employability programme. Through this initiative, Tech Mahindra Foundation aims inculcate human values, provide contemporary knowledge and impart high quality skill training, thereby creating employment opportunities for young men and women in Allied Health Services, across the country. In full capacity, the Academy will train 2000 young boys and girls.
“We want to equip youth from low-income families with skills that will help them begin a career in healthcare. There is a huge gap between demand and supply in the field of Allied Healthcare not just in the city of Delhi but the entire country, and the Academy is a small step in the direction of meeting this demand,” said Loveleen Kacker, CEO Tech Mahindra Foundation.
The training programme of the Academy is a good blend of theory and practice, with an emphasis on the latter. The theory classes will be delivered by highly qualified and experienced faculty members and guest experts. The Academy has best of its class infrastructure that includes comfortable classrooms, modern audio-visual equipment including teaching aids, demonstration rooms. For practical on-the-job training, the students will be affiliated to different healthcare organizations so that their training experience is rich and dynamic.
The academic environment at the SMART Academy is augmented by a well-equipped IT lab, technical laboratories, a well-stocked library and also an ambulance where the students can gain realistic training on managing emergencies. Students are encouraged to discover their aptitude, strengths, and areas of interest. In addition to healthcare-related courses, the students are also trained on communication skills and work readiness to equip them to face the challenges of competitive work environment.
The Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare has been set up in collaboration with the Harijan Sewak Sangh – a social development organization founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1932. It will be located at the Gandhi Ashram, Kingsway Camp, New Delhi. “The Tech Mahindra Foundation would like to sincerely thank S. S. Sanyal and LaxmiDass of the Sangh, who have opened the doors of their sprawling campus in North Delhi to us for the Academy,” added Kacker.
In coming days, Tech Mahindra Foundation intends to seek recognition from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and affiliation from the Health Sector Skill Council (HSSC).