Charity should be self-sustainable. Thus, it should create more wealth rather than perpetuating the cycle of poverty and dependence. In this sense, the best form of charity would be providing quality education for children and more importantly, building a good character in them,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Inspired by the aforementioned quote, The Shahani Group’s CSR arm, the Shahani Academic and Global Empowerment Foundation (SAGE Foundation), and Sri Sri Rural Development Programme Trust, a division of The Art of Living Foundation, signed an agreement to collaborate on providing accredited online and offline training for unemployed graduates in the Banking and Financial Services (BFSI) industry.
In accordance with their partnership, SAGE Foundation will certify their training while Sri Sri Rural Development Programme Trust will mobilise candidates and supply the infrastructure needed for offline training. In addition to training, SAGE Foundation will help trained candidates find employment so they can work in the BFSI sector. Candidates from all over India will have access to the online training, while Dharwad, Karnataka, and Rajkot, Gujarat, will be the locations for the offline training.
Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, The Shahani Group, said, “Studies have demonstrated that a large proportion of Indian graduates do not possess the skills necessary to be employable. We believe that this also contributes to our country’s unemployment problem, and we are committed to bridging this gap to ensure sustainable livelihoods for Indian youth. The economically-disadvantaged youth of our country also lack access to quality skill development training which, in turn, hampers their prospects of obtaining white-collar jobs that could help them support their families in a more stable manner. With the blessings of Gurudev, we hope to train and place about 10,000 low-income students over the period of next two years.”