Tech Mahindra Foundation inaugurates its 50th SMART Centre

Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF), the CSR arm of leading technology company Tech Mahindra Limited, on Saturdat inaugurated its 50th SMART Centre – strategically planned at Khoda Village in Ghaziabad, one of the biggest urban slums of the area.

The Noida-Ghaziabad region has witnessed high level of infrastructural development, including residential and commercial real estate construction which has
attracted heavy inflow of migrant workers from across India.

The foundation has partnered with ANK, based and working in Delhi NCR and rural areas of Bihar in India, to provide such youth/workers real-estate skills training, particularly in the areas of electrical and civil, including practical know-how, construction, safety supervisory among others. 

With its SMART (Skills for Market Training) programme, Tech Mahindra Foundation trains the underprivileged youth in numerous sectors by improving the candidate’s overall job readiness, including self-confidence, English communication skills among others and connects them to potential employers for placement.

Conceptualized one and half years back, the SMART programme has gained significant momentum in such a short span of time and today operates 50 SMART centres across the country training over 12000 students thus far.     

Mr. CP Gurnani, Managing Director & CEO, Tech Mahindra Ltd. said, “We are very happy and proud that Tech Mahindra Foundation’s SMART has grown to 50 centres and has been able to help twelve thousand children find meaningful employment thus far. We at Tech Mahindra are fully committed to offer every possible help and support to enable this wonderful programme to grow even further.”

Said Dr. Loveleen Kacker, CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation, “We are very proud of what we have achieved through our SMART programme and its phenomenal growth since its inception just over 18 months ago. We believe that SMART is a very powerful concept and are extremely happy to inaugurate our 50th such centre with many more in the pipeline. This is doubly special for us as this is the first SMART-T centre, with a specially designed course to impart Technical skills to students.”

“ANK has been trying to explore the potential of training underprivileged youths on skills suited for Real Estate sector. With locations like Indirapuram, Ghaziabad and newly developed sectors like 75, 76, NOIDA Expressway, Greater Noida West etc are witnessing high construction growth. With the help of Tech Mahindra Foundation, not only we will be able to nurture and provide practical onsite training to the youth and the migrant workers, but will be also catering to the requirements of real estate developers who need skilled workers to do the work more efficiently”, said, Mr. Abhishek Kishore, Executive Director, ANK India. “We are in touch with many developers like the Pearl Group, Unitech, Pari Developers etc and they have shown keen interest in placing our students, with their esteemed projects”, he further added.

About Tech Mahindra Foundation:

Tech Mahindra Foundation's (TMF) vision is to empower through education and employability. Tech Mahindra Foundation commits itself to creating a more equitable and inclusive society by supporting processes that will lead to sustainable transformation, social inclusion and integration. The focus is on enabling the socio-economically marginalized to use their full potential.

In 2007, Tech Mahindra Limited (TML) set up Tech Mahindra Foundation, a Section 8 company, a group of dedicated professionals to carry out its CSR activities. We work with more than 100 partners, more than a 1,00,000 beneficiaries annually across 10 cities of Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

The Foundation works across two verticals: Employability and Education, with women’s empowerment and inclusion of the persons with disability as the two cross cutting themes. Its beneficiaries include 50% women and 10% persons with disability.