Un-Spoken India Web Series

Un-Spoken in collaboration with Pleasin Strides Foundation has started a web series called CHANGE - The Parivartan, where experts are invited to have discussion on various aspects of SDG's and CSR.


The 10th episode of the series was set on 5 August 2020, where the panelists were:-

  • Mr. Kiran DM CEO ONGC Foundation
  • Mr. Nixon Joseph President and COO SBI Foundation
  • Mr. Ninad Karpe Partner 100X.VC
  • Mr. Vikas Bhatia Head of CSR Chambal Fertilizers
  • Ms. Dipanwita Chakraborty Regional Director CSR Asia Pacific Cargill
  • Dr. KK Upadhyay Director - Center of Social Review Ex. FICCI
  • Mr. Sagar Kaushik, Social Innovator, Pleasin Strides Foundation


The topic for the session was - " Are we creating an employable workforce? How can CSR help in improving the situation? ".


Mr. Sagar Kaushik hosted the session, where he started giving a brief introduction of “CHANGE - The Parivartan – India SDG Web Series” and “Pleasin Strides Foundation”. He handed over to Mr. Shashi Kaushik, who introduced the panel to the audience. The session was moderated by Dr. KK Upadhyay, where he introduced the topic by giving some facts about demographic structure, skill gap and job curation, then he handed over to the panelists.


Mr. Ninad Karpe emphasised on the question "Are we creating employable workforce?" He stated three major facts regarding the same which are - every year only 6-10℅ students become graduated in India, 70% of them are not employable, and according to PISA, India stands on 73rd position in creating workforce. He also stated that 90% of students and youth wish to become entrepreneurs but fails to do so due to lack of skills. He winded up by saying that there is an urgent need for CSR to start funding in Incubation Centres and livelihood programs and especially vocational courses.


Mr. Kiran DM mentioned various ingredients, which should be possessed by a person who wants to be employed. These were mainly knowledge, quality of teachers at all levels, and the process of acquiring knowledge respectively. He stated that the main focus of institutions should not be on the physical infrastructure, instead in the quality of faculty and guides. He gave suggestions on how CSR could help drop outs and also how to work in village levels.


Mr. Vikas Bhatia simply stated that the skill development programme should directly start right from the Aganwadi Level. He also said, that "New Education Policy is the real game changer". He enlightened everyone by stating facts about the emerging importance of poly techniques and online classes at large.


Mr. Nixon Joseph highlighted a challenge within the solution, he stated that CSR mostly focus on the outcome but always forgot to check the pre training ratios, and annual reports. A ratio between the results of pre and post trainings has to be maintained. He also stated that we should encourage entrepreneurial talents. He also mentioned about SBI Youth for India Fellowship Programme.


Ms. Dipanwita Chakraborty emphasised on the role of youth. She said that, "when we give platform to youth, we see magic happening". She also focused on the generation of women workforce in India, which is only 23.3 percent as of now. She quoted various examples of labour reforms in Karnataka and Orissa and finally talked about self-sufficiency.


The discussion came to an end by Dr. KK Upadhyay, Mr. Sagar Kaushik and Mr. Shashi Kaushik asking various questions from the panelists which were very remarkably and satisfactorily answered.


Shubhankar Agarwal

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