Youth4Jobs and Kalasalingam University jointly launch Smart Inclusion Center


Youth4Jobs and Kalasalingam University, Virudhugar, Tamil Nadu ,launched the first Smart Inclusion Centre in the country. This is part of the “College Connect” program of Youth4Jobs. The Smart Inclusion Centre located in educational institutions aims to improve employability of youth with disabilities and increase enrolment of youth with disabilities in higher education. The last is also important as the Right to PwD Act mandates 5% enrolment. Technology driven, the SIC showcases assistive technologies developed by companies; assists PwDs in enrolment; sensitises faculties and others to the special needs of the PwDs; encourages companies who visit this campus to look at this talent pool.

Smart inclusion center

The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Sandhya Chintala, Executive Director & VP Nasscom. She said, “This is a unique initiative. I congratulate Youth4Jobs and Kalasalingam University. With the 3% mandate coming to corporates for disability inclusion, there is a vital role to be played by the smart inclusion centre. Nasscom will be happy to support this initiative.”

Dr. S. Shashi Anand, Vice President, KARE (Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education), Kalasalingam University, said,” There are many corporate visit our campus as part of campus placements, although we try convincing them on the abilities of our candidates with speech-hearing impairment but finds it difficult. The Smart Inclusion Centre is a boon to this, as we can showcase the best practices of disability inclusion at workplace from India and Abroad. We look forward for this association with Youth4Jobs to broadcast “Äbility in Disability” of our SHIP (Speech Hearing Impaired Program) students.”

About College Connect from Youth4Jobs

College Connect was conceived to meet the needs of  companies and MNCs which need youth with disabilities with better English communication and computer knowledge. Y4J goes directly to colleges/Universities to assess, train and place youth with disabilities in IT and other companies. From Youth4Jobs perspective, its supply gets strengthened with youth with disabilities with varying education levels. In the last 3 months in the pilot, Youth4Jobs has worked with 325 youth with disabilities in 9 colleges/Universities . Amongst others companies working with Youth4Jobs in the trainings and orientation are Microsoft, Wipro , Infosys, Intuit, to name a few. New recruiters are banks and financial institutions like Axis Bank, HDBFS  and IT companies like Wipro. The program will be expanded next year.

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