Adani Skill Development Center ends 8 years

With the aim of creating an ecosystem that empowers young minds by making them job-ready or encouraging them to start their own business, the Adani Skill Development Center (ASDC) has become a force for change across India. Adani Foundation’s skill building arm, which is in line with the central government’s Skill India Mission, recently completed eight years on May 16, 2024.

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It is one of the essential components of the Sustainable Livelihood programme, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Adani Foundation and the National Skill Development Corporation. It provides a platform for the underprivileged, the marginalized and the weaker members of society to revive and transform their livelihoods through skill development – ​​a need of the hour in every sphere of life.

To date, Adani Foundation’s skill development project, Saksham, has trained over 1.5 million youth across the country in the more than 40 ASDCs in 15 states. Today, youth trained in the ASDCs generate an annual turnover of nearly Rs. 1,300 crore through entrepreneurship and employment.

One of the most successful locations is Jharkhand’s Godda, where more than 4,000 men and 3,000 women have been trained. It has created opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurship by promoting local employment, positively impacting the region’s rural economy. More than 650 youth have been placed in reputed organizations within and outside Jharkhand, effectively addressing the problem of unemployment in Godda and reducing it by 20% to 30%.

Driven by technology, the Saksham program offers a wide range of courses, both offline and online. Some of the popular courses include welding technicians through augmented reality based simulator, drone pilot and multi-functional training of crane operators with over twenty physical simulators at India’s largest skill center – the ASDC Krishnapatnam

Andhra Pradesh. Recently, nursing assistant, fire safety, home wiring, and smart meter installation courses have been added through Metaverse, along with the basics of artificial intelligence (AI).

ASDC strives to provide the latest educational content to the youth, with most of the learning and training materials currently in digital format. They are available on the Learning Management System designed by ASDC. Some of the tools taught at the enablement centers include ChatGPT, Leonardo.AI, Synthesia.IO, DeepBrain.AI, Copilot, Canva and Soundraw IO, which help youth learn more about the practical and everyday uses of AI.

ASDC also focuses on data science with drone pilots, 3D printing, data analysis and dashboarding via Looker Studio, Power Bi and Tableau and similar courses and modules.

ASDC focuses not only on training young people and making them job-ready, but also on helping and guiding them through placements. Some interns from ASDCs have gotten jobs at Amazon India and Flipkart.

The efforts, impact and contributions of ASDCs and the Saksham Initiative are widely recognised, with the latter receiving multiple awards from both national and international institutions. In 2019, after ASDC received the Special Jury Recognition Award at the Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Social Impact Awards in Kolkata, the Adani Foundation Chairman said Dr. Priti Adani had said: “The Adani Skill Development Center not only trains the youth of India but also gives them the confidence to grow in every aspect of their lives. We are creating a pool of job seekers and potential entrepreneurs by providing training in various technical and non-technical skills.”

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