Soumitra Bose, Secretary of Calcutta Rescue, who had experience of introducing IT in corporate sector, is planning to give Calcutta Rescue’s schoolchildren IT skills so that they can get well paid jobs.
Mr Bose, who introduced IT systems in the corporate sector in London before moving back to India a few years ago, aims to develop a comprehensive plan of how best to do this.
He explains why this is important: “Eighty six per cent of the population living below the poverty line has no access to technical and vocational training. But India is a technology and software hub, and stable and well-paid employment opportunities in this sector are available. Having even a basic understanding of IT can open up a lot of opportunities.”
We will aim to provide best-in-class computer training to our children, young people and the community in general. The successful model for charities is to work in collaboration with external stakeholders – this cannot be over-emphasized. We have already received interest from an international foundation for this initiative and have received computers from local corporations. Once we have the new school running, scheduled in late 2019, we will have the opportunity to expand computer training to all our school children.