Employment Opportunities for Our Youth

Despite the brouhaha about ‘acche din’ or good days as they say, it remains a hard fact that the youth of our country continue to confront challenges for getting suitable job placements after graduating from their studies. Creating a platform for availability of jobs that suits the employer base and that readily absorbs a growing number of young people entering the work force, is now part of HERD Foundations inherent activities. The Employment Fair is a regular feature, adding value to our education component.

We start off each year to understand and estimate availability of productive jobs in our vicinity. Alongside we explore the spectrum of disciplines that will respond to such openings. With final year students ready to walk out of portals of educational institutions in March each year, such an enterprise becomes all the more meaningful. With due preparation we remain focused on the employment scenario in formal/informal, private/public and urban/rural sectors for jobs that become source of income for the needy.

The Foundation pays special attention to low income families comprising majority of the population. We see good impact of efforts in the employment sector to positively influence growth and expansion of opportunities for more applicants who are able to secure suitable and better paying jobs. This then becomes a reason for much satisfaction and one that complements our work on poverty mitigation. We encourage young people to open up to ever widening choices. In a region beset with challenges for employment, the youth are actually provided due hand-holding and support to seek every possibility.

Vidarbha has not escaped the youth employment crisis and in fact in rural areas the situation is really quite grim. Unemployment rate for young male graduates in rural region is particularly high. The whole point of provision of education here appears to be in a morass if employment avenues are not in sight. In fact we are keen to start vocational education in these parts so that we can then offer them increased chances to find jobs as also to facilitate self-employment. This will be beneficial in the long-term too.

As an advocate for youth HERD Foundation is attempting to ensure that candidates commit themselves completely to this endeavor. We make certain that they make full use of the opportunity to participate effectively in their own best interests. We address the match between prospective companies and qualified students that opens up ways to reduce long-term youth unemployment. The attempt is also to train candidates to become fully equipped in following through with the demands of employers. For this we organize measures like extended training programmes to enable better access to jobs.

Employment Opportunities for Youth

Employment Opportunities for Youth

Employment Scenario and Development

Training for Competitive Job

Training for Competitive Jobs

HERD Foundation is concerned with regard to drift in development trends in the face of continuing employment crisis that obstructs efforts to mitigate poverty. With a view to improve the standard of living and enhance prosperity, especially for youth just stepping out into the real world, the Foundation organizes yearly Employment Fairs to open up avenues for candidates keen on getting placement as per their qualification.

For professional students walking out of colleges it is a huge opportunity to interact directly with companies that offer openings in various areas. Candidates from both urban and rural areas look up to this event with great hope and satisfaction. Bringing well known companies to their doorstep, so to say, the uncertainty and insecurity in the wake of a just-completed education is a very welcome opportunity.

The acquiring of jobs is a sure shot way to increase standards of living. It helps address our attempts to mitigate poverty. Our past experiences tell us that many families escape poverty simply because one family member is able to secure a job and thereby initiate a source of income for the family. Therefore HERD Foundation works on improving the employment scenario as this is central to our development agenda.

Securing jobs and successfully inducting newly passed out students to a line of work of their choice,   does transform their lives. A steady source of income improves living standards and pulls people out of their penury. With appropriate training for being successful in getting placement we prepare them to be efficient and more productive in their jobs. Also, we bring about social cohesion when we gather candidates from various social backgrounds to jointly take on opportunities coming their way.

Provision of jobs can really alter lives for the better and provide wider benefits. For instance, besides taking care of the basic needs of a family, women candidates may actually change the way households spend money by focusing on spending on education and health areas. It is heartening to note that more and more women of working age are participating in our Employment Fair. We also feel gratified by the inclusion of rural candidates for whom competing with city students for jobs is a challenge in itself.

HERD Foundation realizes that just provision of jobs may not be enough. With plentiful rural poor involved with farming or self-employment in areas like vegetable selling, sewing and other such occupations we foresee the need to find ways to augment incomes especially in the rural sector. In this the role of development of new skills in line with locally available opportunities for increasing earnings will play an essential role for a more productive scenario.

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

International Thank-You Day – January 11

International Thank You Day

International Thank You Day

HERD Foundation takes the opportunity to thank everyone on the occasion of International Thank-You Day celebrated on January 11. Belated as it may be, this singular day is marked out to thank someone for something special. And so we take this moment to thank all people, supporters and volunteers who helped us on in this great journey. We share our deepest thanks with each one of us who really deserve to be acknowledged for hand-holding and cheering us on in the fulfillment of our dreams.

This special day matters to us, as often enough in our busy routine and rigors of daily living we may forget the niceties of life. Sometimes we do not really even have the time to say these two beautiful short words “Thank You”. May be this is why the day was assigned and set aside so that we appreciate the parts played by everyone around us and who is important to us in the fulfillment of our endeavors.

The International Thank You day is a great opportunity to start of the New Year on a new note by thanking everyone. Just as the holiday season is getting over and once again we delve back into work and business, along comes this day reminding us all that something essential needs to be done. January 11 as International Thank You Day starts us on by showing appreciation to people who make our lives better.

We do believe that all of us have plentiful people to thank something for.  Perhaps it is a day that helps each one of us cultivate goodwill by expressing our gratitude. This special day may add just that much more meaning and fun by conveying and celebrating the quintessential importance of  International Thank You Day! So go ahead and say your own thank-you messages. We usually miss the opportunity to express our gratitude to friends and colleagues – let us thank each other for our countless blessings. Let us all ingrain gratitude.



Poverty – Huge Barrier in Nation’s Development

Poverty In India

India is considered a fast growing economy in present day world. Astute economic development has been possible largely due to fairly stable political support given to the need. But despite political gambits we have not been able to share this rising fortune by redistributing gains fairly with our poorer populations. Despite the country’s spectacular GDP growth rates India remains poverty stricken. Acutely so in rural areas, that are home to 70% of its people.

What is reproachful is that our country spends only 4.1% of its GDP on health! This is half of what China spends and surprisingly public expenditure on health by Russia and Brazil exceeds ours. We in India have been fighting poverty for over sixty years now. And yet it remains rampant in the length and breadth of the country. Despite the anti-poverty policies since independence, decline in poverty appears nowhere in sight. Notwithstanding our entry into global markets we miserably lag behind.

The omnipresent face of poverty in India is there for all to see. India uses an income-based poverty definition and also consumption-based poverty statistics.You would be taken aback to learn that the latter norm was used  to measure by a poverty-line that follows the ridiculous and archaic “starvation line”. This insidious decisive factor accounted for the feeling of satiety, measured in calories! Of course the criteria has been under continuous flak. More so as World Bank’s contentious poverty line drew inspiration from the Indian model!

What this meant was that the bare minimum required for the human body to survive is what is said to be the threshold for allaying poverty!! Access to things like clean water, shelter or education is not a marker for defining poverty. It is a fact that 50% of Indians do not have proper shelter, 70% do not have access to toilets, 35% do not have access to water supply, 85% of villages do not have secondary schools/colleges and additionally they do not have roads connectivity.

How then, does an enhanced annual GDP growth help the situation? And what exactly are the political ramifications for including poverty line populations in the haphazard growth syndrome. Where do the 600 million poor figure in all of this. It looks like political parties and governments work for the well-off segments of populations, and pay mere lip-service to the poverty affected by allocating schemes that never really make a difference or amount to much. Moreover there is hardly any accountability ensuring outreach in terms of sustainability.

What needs to be done on a priority basis is to redefine the poverty line definition making it more comprehensive. It ought to include detailed parameters like education, sanitation, shelters, livelihoods and so on. In view of the large size of the country and also as poverty differs from region to region, criterion should be adapted as per state government regulations vis-à-vis the required pace of economic growth. Health, Education, Employment should be the three pronged road-map for Rural Development to alleviate poverty.

Special attention has to be focused on urban poverty syndrome that directly results in rural migration creating unemployment and poverty. Every state should work in a concerted manner via departmental inter-linkages to bring an end to poverty, along with slew of measures rather than simply ensuring minimum calorific survival rates. What should then be kept in mind and understood by all is that GDP is no indicator of ground realities as far as poverty prevalence is concerned.

Combating Poverty

Combating Poverty

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2014  International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1992 when the United Nations proclaimed it as such. The day is ear marked to promote understanding of disability issues. It also marks out ways to mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The intent is to create awareness of the need to integrate persons with disabilities in every sphere of life – political, social, economic and cultural.

The 2014 theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. This year the Day of Disabilities focuses on the role of technology in three distinct areas:
– Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses
– Creating Enabling Working Environments
– Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

The day sees the governments, NGOs and organizations working directly with disability issues hosting commemorative events. The attempt is to share the message and progress on raising awareness of disability issues and further promote the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society.

Human history showcases technology to be an inherent impact making feat in our lives. Right from the Industrial Revolution to present day technology has served in every facet of daily living. The emergence of information and communications technologies has dramatically increased connectivity between people and their access to information. IT has actually changed the way people live, work and play.

However, not all people benefit from the advances of technology due to their inaccessibility to new technologies. Nearly over 1 billion people live in the world with some form of disability. They continue to face not only physical barriers but also social, economic and attitudinal barriers. They are in fact the world’s largest minority group. However persons with disabilities remain largely invisible in mainstream development frameworks.

But after the annual observance of International Day of Disabled Persons and a special focus on their inclusion in all walks of life the scene is changing. And lots more needs to be done yet. This year’s theme provides opportunities to further raise awareness on a cross-cutting platforms with regard to development issues. The commemoration theme for Sustainable Development with the promise of technology is timely and coincides with the concluding period of Millennium Development Goals that had been envisaged. The beginning of 2015 will see the launch of the new development framework for sustainable development goals.

Countries will work to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape their future. Three sub-themes further focus on chosen areas – environmental, economic and social. More specifically the focus will be on education, growth and employment, inequality, and accessibility of human settlements.

Technology greatly impacts achievements and outcomes of goals for persons with disabilities. This Day is used to promote the impact and benefits of assistive technology, accessible information and communications technology for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Due focus is given on policy and program measures to improve the well-being and inclusion of disabled people in society for their optimum development.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Employable Education for All


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Awareness Creation for Employable Education

The term ‘employable education’ often appears to be a bit of a conundrum. It is well known that a person’s ‘employability assets’ comprise of three things. One, knowledge – what they know; two, skills – what they do with what they know, and three; attitudes – how they do it. And from here on begins a long list of detailed areas for study that can interplay or interchange to take you down the road to your focused area of working.

Since time immemorial children have been groomed for either becoming doctors or engineers. There was never any other worthy field for a well deserved work-life, other than maybe qualifying for a government job. Even now these three work-areas remain baseline aspirations for which we keep motivating our children. In this quest we often forget their basic skills and essential personal attributes.

But then also, not all of us can be measured on the same scale for occupation specific skills, specific or generic. Among other things we are also becoming increasingly aware of the importance of the transferability of these skills from one occupation or business context to another for employability. Of late increased attention is being given to the development of vocational skills in identifying our niche areas of interest.

We need to create more awareness with regard to employer-relevant knowledge and skills and also attitudes that will allow individuals to move ahead in a self-sufficient manner. In a sense we need to help them realize their potential so that their capabilities may be exploited as assets in an ever growing market. There is obviously an important inter-relationship between assets and deployment.

Career management skills likewise can develop self-awareness of occupational interests and abilities. They can also let one be open to opportunity by knowing what work opportunities exist and what is required to make them work for you. Decidedly, decision-making skills remain critical especially when one needs to develop a strategy of getting from where you are to being where you want to be.

In the final count, it is the extent to which an individual is aware of what they possess in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes and its relevance to the employment opportunities available that will affect their willingness to undertake training and other activities designed to upgrade their skills. It is in this context that HERD Foundation explores opportunities to facilitate Employable Education for All.