SBI Foundation identified two broad issues which have strong bearing on the marginalized communities and their livelihood patterns :
The potential of the existing resources is not fully tapped due to lack of inputs and skills leaving a weak livelihood base, underemployment and unemployment.
There is no proper mentoring support to school dropouts and youth to transform them into responsible citizens with needed attitude and skills.
The contextual realities motivated us to partner with Centurion University and adopt human capital reinforcement, effective and market oriented skill development and facilitating the linkages for sustainability, as prime strategies to mitigate the livelihood crisis in rural areas of Odisha.
Under the project “Kaushal Vikas”, SBI Foundation provides for skill development training of youth with emphasis on SC, ST & women and up gradation of existing paramedic and allied health lab” to create a talent pool of international standards who could secure employment in any market - an outcome, which converges with the dream of the Honourable Prime Minister of making India the “Skill Capital of the World”.
The candidates from socio-economically marginalized families of remote, rural and tribal regions of Odisha and adjoining eastern states with focus on backward and Left Wing Extremist Affected (LWEA) districts are the beneficiaries of this project.