Today, The CSR arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd., Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) under its flagship employability program has launched Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare in Navi Mumbai in association with the Prem Dan Social Service Centre, Kharghar. Launched in the year 2012, SMART (Skills-for-Market Training) aims to empower youth from economically backward urban communities. Following the immense success of Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare in Delhi, Mohali, Pune and Mumbai (All Women), it is the Foundation’s fifth healthcare Academy to offer a range of vocational training courses in allied healthcare.
The past two years have underscored the importance of having a strong healthcare infrastructure in the country. Therefore, the Foundation intends to continue working towards building its strengths in the form of SMART Academies for Healthcare across India understanding that there is a severe need for skilled allied healthcare professionals to support the healthcare ecosystem. Strengthening its alignment towards the ‘#MainBhiHero’ movement aimed at creating awareness about the career opportunities for the aspiring youth in the country, this Academy seeks to provide requisite skills towards securing a job with leading hospitals and other healthcare companies.
Speaking about the initiative, Chetan Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra Foundation, said, “Our success in bridging the skill gap through our employability program, Skills-for-Market Training (SMART) has seen a glorious journey. The shortage of skilled allied healthcare workforce in India is a significant barrier to the creation of an effective healthcare delivery system. The Tech Mahindra SMART Academies for Healthcare focus on offering intensive, high-quality vocational courses to equip youth with the right skills and knowledge to be an integral part of the healthcare ecosystem. This fifth Academy under our healthcare umbrella is a testimony of our work towards nurturing youth to bring a transforming change to support healthcare services.”
On the occasion, Sr. Ursula Pinto, Prem Dan said, “Instituted by Sr. Felicity Morris RJM in 1977, Prem Dan keeps up with the Founder St. Claudine Thevenet’s vision and caters to children from under-served communities by providing them with education, nutrition and shelter. With this collaborative initiative – Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare, we hope to impact young lives by making their career dreams come true and implore Almighty’s blessings for the same.”
Located in Navi Mumbai, this newly built allied healthcare training institute comprises of 12000 sq. ft. area with world-class infrastructure equipped with hospital-simulated labs, industry accepted curriculum, expert and experienced faculty for a best-in-class training and a dedicated placement assistance team to help youth in making a career in the noble healthcare sector.