Lessons in Synergy
The recent collaborations between the Government of Odisha and Tata
STRIVE are a lesson in synergistic skilling...
Lessons in Synergy
The recent collaborations between the Government of Odisha and Tata
STRIVE are a lesson in synergistic skilling...
#PartnerSpeak
WATCH | Subroto Bagchi on what it is like to Partner with Tata STRIVE
Lesson 1
Bring in the Change Agents
The Odisha Skill Development Authority & Tata STRIVE, both share a common vision; programmes aimed towards benefitting underprivileged youth.
A partnership between the two then was inevitable – the only question being when.
The year 2018, saw the initiation of the first collaborative programme called the ‘Lifeskills Development Programme in Odisha ITIs’. The programme aimed at life skill development amongst ITI students, was initiated in 10 Government ITIs, with a capacity to train more than 12,000 students in two years.
This programme is one of the first attempts in the country to enhance a centrally approved curriculum of ‘employability skills’ and implementing the same at state level.
It is also a first-of-its-kind effort to demonstrate that a high net worth individual with a passion and orientation towards development can make a significant difference to the community. The programme is financially supported by noted philanthropist and Odia author Smt. Susmita Bagchi in partnership with the Tata Trusts. Over the past one year, the programme has taken root and could potentially capture the imagination of other state governments, industries and corporates.
Lesson 2
The Spirit of Public Travel
Between what a commuter wants and what they eventually get on public transport stretches a rather unpleasant landscape. While technology and connectivity, infrastructure and mobility are all essential components in making a city smart, so is the agency behind it all – humans.
With a clear aim to provide the commuter with an enhanced public travel experience, OSDA and Tata STRIVE partnered for Capital Region Urban Transport’s (CRUT) MoBus Project. This project is geared towards the transformation of the existing drivers and conductors into captains and guides – true ambassadors of the smart city of Bhubaneswar.
The training equipped the captains and guides on various fronts – technical knowledge, process knowledge as well as behavioural skills. From essentials such as safe driving and ensuring women safety, to more nuanced behaviours of problem solving, dealing with a ‘tough customer’, and service excellence – all formed a part of the rigorous training programme.
Today, travelling in a MoBus embodies the aforementioned qualities and more. Captains and guides are committed towards making the city smart – extending India’s rich culture into public travel and discourse.
Lesson 3
Nudging Sustainable Livelihoods
The Nano Unicorn project is one with an extraordinary foresight. While it comes across as an attempt to tackle the problems of local un-employment, it goes much beyond that.
As part of the project, individuals (Nano-Unicorns) who step out of a skill training programme and build a business case to start an entrepreneurial journey capable of creating one or more jobs, are provided with a soft loan of ₹1 lakh to start their ventures. Some of these businesses could be tailoring, electrical repairing, fast food, plumbing, plastic manufacturing, welding, etc.
The entrepreneur is the youth who has graduated from an ITI or a training centre run by a Govt. recognised Skill Development Institute.
These nano-scale entrepreneurs that are today excluded from a sophisticated start-up ecosystem typical of Bengaluru or Gurugram, could play a very important role in creating a new kind of entrepreneurial paradigm.
One that is indigenous. And sustainable.
Lesson 1
Bring in the Change Agents
The Odisha Skill Development Authority & Tata STRIVE, both share a common vision; programmes aimed towards benefitting underprivileged youth.
A partnership between the two then was inevitable – the only question being when.
The year 2018, saw the initiation of the first collaborative programme called the ‘Lifeskills Development Programme in Odisha ITIs’. The programme aimed at life skill development amongst ITI students, was initiated in 10 Government ITIs, with a capacity to train more than 12,000 students in two years.
This programme is one of the first attempts in the country to enhance a centrally approved curriculum of ‘employability skills’ and implementing the same at state level.
It is also a first-of-its-kind effort to demonstrate that a high net worth individual with a passion and orientation towards development can make a significant difference to the community. The programme is financially supported by noted philanthropist and Odia author Smt. Susmita Bagchi in partnership with the Tata Trusts. Over the past one year, the programme has taken root and could potentially capture the imagination of other state governments, industries and corporates.
Lesson 2
The Spirit of Public Travel
Between what a commuter wants and what they eventually get on public transport stretches a rather unpleasant landscape. While technology and connectivity, infrastructure and mobility are all essential components in making a city smart, so is the agency behind it all – humans.
With a clear aim to provide the commuter with an enhanced public travel experience, OSDA and Tata STRIVE partnered for Capital Region Urban Transport’s (CRUT) MoBus Project. This project is geared towards the transformation of the existing drivers and conductors into captains and guides – true ambassadors of the smart city of Bhubaneswar.
The training equipped the captains and guides on various fronts – technical knowledge, process knowledge as well as behavioural skills. From essentials such as safe driving and ensuring women safety, to more nuanced behaviours of problem solving, dealing with a ‘tough customer’, and service excellence – all formed a part of the rigorous training programme.
Today, travelling in a MoBus embodies the aforementioned qualities and more. Captains and guides are committed towards making the city smart – extending India’s rich culture into public travel and discourse.
Lesson 3
Nudging Sustainable Livelihoods
The Nano Unicorn project is one with an extraordinary foresight. While it comes across as an attempt to tackle the problems of local un-employment, it goes much beyond that.
As part of the project, individuals (Nano-Unicorns) who step out of a skill training programme and build a business case to start an entrepreneurial journey capable of creating one or more jobs, are provided with a soft loan of ₹1 lakh to start their ventures. Some of these businesses could be tailoring, electrical repairing, fast food, plumbing, plastic manufacturing, welding, etc.
The entrepreneur is the youth who has graduated from an ITI or a training centre run by a Govt. recognised Skill Development Institute.
These nano-scale entrepreneurs that are today excluded from a sophisticated start-up ecosystem typical of Bengaluru or Gurugram, could play a very important role in creating a new kind of entrepreneurial paradigm.
One that is indigenous. And sustainable.
© Tata Community Initiatives Trust