One of the biggest challenges facing our economy is lack of employable skills in youth entering the workfold. Via our extensive programme, we intend to identify skill sets that are pertinent to industries and impart them to these youth. This will also include vocational training courses for the uneducated and unskilled.
With the support of socially conscious organisation such as Larsen & Toubro, we have identified unemployed youth who wanted to developed skills in fields such as plumbing, masonry, welding, electrician, carpentry, etc. This will make them employable on construction sites. At the upcoming Universal Centre, our vocational training programmes will focus on developing English speaking skills, computer literacy and basic etiquettes for hospitality management. Knowledge in yoga pranayama and spiritual awareness will be imparted to develop a well-rounded character in every youth who walks into the Centre.
We have initiated our efforts in working with government and quasi-government institutions to improve attendance at schools set up for children in tribal areas. We hope to achieve this with donation of books, stationery, uniforms and complementing it with facilities such as a library and computer lab.
Mr Madhavan, the Managing Trustee of our Foundation, is the Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School at Thirunavaya in Kerala which has more than 1,000 students enrolled.
Information technology is fast becoming the bond that holds our multiple activities together. Way of life can be revolutionised if the tool can be adequately harnessed; outreach to the masses is most important.
Our Balamandirams have in-house computer facilities that are open to deserving children from the immediate community as much as they are utilised by the resident children. Through our campaign, we have partnered with organisations such as the Computer Society of India to utilise the skills of their students in furthering the reach of computer education. We have been receiving help from Engineering colleges and other professional institutions in the form of volunteers who impart these skills to our children.
We believe that access to the worldwide web and the knowledge to utilise it can bring about a revolution in the minds of Indians residing in far-flung areas of the country. We hope to be able to spread our wingspan of activities to remote areas so that more children can benefit from our facilities.