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Bridge the gap between the 15 million youth who drop out of schools and need of 150 million skilled employees in India.

We offers vocational training to rural school dropouts using an innovative mobile phone enabled learning delivery platform.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Every year nearly 15 million students drop out of the Indian schooling system at various stages. These dropouts currently do not have an option of returning to mainstream education nor can they get into vocational or higher education. Eventually, this can metamorphose into a demographic crisis.According to a survey by the Tamil Nadu government in 2016, there were 1.067 million migrants in the state, of whom 27% were employed in the manufacturing sector, 14.1% in textile and 11.4% in construction. In August 2018, a survey focusing on three districts—Chennai, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur—found that migrants working in manufacturing sectors were underpaid and deprived of housing and health care. The situation is worse for migrants employed in seasonal jobs in construction, brick kilns, and hotels. The massive urbanisation in the developing countries like India which is fuelled by migration from rural to urban centres is associated with poor social conditions and consequent high level of stress.uneducated or less educated and underemployed urban migrants, who were facing hardships in acquiring basic necessities for survival…are at much greater risk to experience poor mental health.We found about 65% of these workers suffering from stress and 40% of them from depression, mainly due to social (and) cultural discrepancies, difficulties in adapting to a new environment due to the language barrier, staying away from home for longer periods and financial issues. We are working to offers vocational training to rural school dropouts using an innovative mobile phone enabled learning delivery platform. it offers training programmes such as mobile repairing, electrical repairing, computer hardware repairing, plumbing and masonry thereby enabling rural school dropouts to gain employment or become self­employed.It aims to bridge the gap between the 15 million youth who drop out of schools each year and the projected need for nearly 150 million skilled employees in India.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

T.J.Sivananda Mudaliar Educational Trust is working of physical training with students in our Entrepreneurship Development Cell in Thiruvallur District, Tamilnadu.we are currently working with our technical team and content creator Social functioning team to develop an innovative mobile phone enabled learning delivery platform throughout india. our primary focus to help 1 million migrant workers in Tamil Nadu.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Our Product aims to bridge the gap between the 15 million youth who drop out of schools each year and migrant unskilled workers for the projected need for nearly 150 million skilled employees in India.since graduates from vocational schools have the skills, they can start their own practices and businesses.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The workers who are experts in plumbing, hairdressing, welding, or other kinds of craftsmanship can start working right away.There may not be so many job opportunities out there; but since graduates from vocational schools have the skills, they can start their own practices and businesses easily like salons or workshops.They can further support themselves through school if they want to advance their education.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

We work closely with rural and urban youth; similarly, we also work across both formally trained as well as school dropout segments. This has provided us with a very good understanding of the wants, needs and challenges of the youth segment with respect to skill development.We have a strong capability to analyse employ-ability options across geographical locations. This has helped us develop relevant courses to be offered across different geographies.we understanding vocational training, we also possesses a strong understanding of combining technology and education thereby helping us evolve a unique blended learning model of vocational training that promises to make vocational training more accessible, affordable and effective.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

TJS Entrepreneurship Development Cell is to help students who have try to solve social problem by the policy of Social Innovation leads Social Development.our students interviewed with north Indian migrant workers who were working with construction low wage workers in construction field.based on interview analysis we come up plan to implement this idea.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

In future we are planning work with Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research LISSTAR (Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research) is an interdisciplinary social science research institute of Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai. LISSTAR was established in 2007 by the Jesuit Management to focus Social Science research and publications. LISSTAR conducts various training programmes, seminars and workshops to disseminate knowledge in the domain of social sciences. With the support of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) LISSTAR organized a workshop on Forced Migration during the month of August 2016 at Loyola College Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board Regulating the conditions of the work, providing various welfare measures to the manual workers engaged in construction works, improving their socio-economic conditions and ensuring social security for their life are the main mission, with a vision to be a best model organisation.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Channel: A new way to deliver existing products or services to customers or end users

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

T.J.Sivananda Mudaliar Educational Trust

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

T.J.Sivananda Mudaliar Educational Trust, is devoted to develop this college into a well-known institution for Engineering education.The serene sprawling green pasture and the impressive infrastructure provide academic ambience. The college endeavors impart Quality Education and Experiential Learning that would mould the young minds and their skills to achieve success. Its high profile faculty, provide high standards of education with freedom and responsibility. The College is approved by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. Our college is an ISO 9001:2015 certified institution for its academic standards.Our mission is to help the aspiring entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses by creating a pathway of various opportunities like interactive sessions with professionals, business competitions to increase the awareness. This will help foster entrepreneurial thinking, promote business knowledge and instill confidence.

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Thiruvallur/Tamil Nadu


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Hi, Nagaraj Elumalai, welcome to the Challenge. We wish you success in your good work!

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Thank you.