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Youth to train less-privileged in basic computer skills

india Updated: Mar 28, 2013 00:54 IST
Vaishnavi Vasudevan

Binny Dedhia, 20, a student of Somaiya College, will spend most of her time during the summer holidays facilitating free digital learning for the less-privileged in the city.

A group of students, non-profit organisations and local activists came together in Mulund under the banner ‘Lakshya Mumbai’ to kick start social projects in partnership with various organisations.

Under this project, a group of youngsters will teach less- privileged citizens how to use computers and other advanced applications. This programme will be conducted in collaboration with the ‘Computer Society of India’. The course material will be certified by Microsoft India.

“Interested citizens will undergo a paid training session, after which they will be placed. Our aim is to provide a platform and empower needy people,” said Gulshan Vijay Shankar, president, Lakshya Mumbai.

The team is also trying to collaborate with municipal schools to teach students free of cost. However, they have not yet received an approval by the municipal corporation.

They will also provide medical aid in hospitals. “As health is completely ignored, we have decided to provide free treatment and surgeries to poor patients in government hospitals. Some of the finest city specialists have enrolled for this,” said Prakash Paddikal, president, Hillside Residents’ Welfare Association, a not-for-profit.

Understanding the need to empower them, college students will also work to create business opportunities for the unprivileged.

One of their initiatives is a tie-up with Larsen & Toubro, under which the company will train uneducated people in technical skills such as sewing, welding, plumbing or architectural expertise.