NITI Aayog, Sarthak Educational Trust to reach out to marginalized & vulnerable Divyang from rural & urban India | ‘8th National Conference on Disability’ flags off with spotlight on ‘Digital Divyang - Enabled & Empowered’


by Shrutee K

 ·         By 2025, Sarthak Educational Trust aims to provide employment to 1million Divyang youth

·         A massive Job fair will be held virtually on the online job portal- Rozgar Sarathi https://www.rozgarsarathi.org/ on 18th December, 2021

New Delhi, 17th Dec 2021: The 8th National Conference on Disability hosted by Sarthak Educational Trust and National Abilympics Association of India flagged off today virtually in the presence of several national and global experts who brought together knowledge and practical wisdom towards the disability inclusivity movement in the country. Sarthak Educational Trust has been working since 2008 and in the last 13 years has successfully reached out to 4% (0.8 million) of disabled populace in India and Trained - 34,300 and Placed - 23,450 PwDs to let them excel in their fields and inspire many. Sarthak has successfully converted ‘Adversity to Opportunity’ that arose due to Covid-19 pandemic and impacted millions across the world, through Digital Transformation from physical to digital inclusion of Divyangjan.

A massive Job fair will be held virtually on the online job portal- Rozgar Sarathi https://www.rozgarsarathi.org/ on 18th December, 2021 and will see top recruiters from the country like Flipkart, Amazon, Vishal mega mart, ICCS, Reliance Fresh, Magus, Big basket, Wipro, Startek, IndiaMart Intermesh Ltd, Genpact, Accenture, Reliance trends, Cognizant and more from government & semi-government organizations from across the country participating

The theme of the conference this year is Digital Divyang - Enabled & Empowered. Through its 11 panel discussions like, Be a job creator, become an entrepreneur, Global Overview on Disability Inclusion, Role of Accessibility for an Inclusive ecosystem, Early Intervention & Inclusive Education, Government & CSR Efforts Towards Sustainable Development; the conference intends to deliberate and plan towards bridging the barriers in the line of inclusion of People with Disability through digital mediums and, further accelerate the pace of their inclusion led empowerment.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog, while speaking at the inaugural panel shared, “Technology can be a powerful tool, but will face an ethical challenge for humanity. Tools like artificial intelligence & machine learning will replace humans. Hence, divyangs to lead & be role model in future to come and focus on how to go beyond and shine in challenging times. We also urge Sarthak Educational Trust to have an outreach at 112 districts with early detection centres. NITI Aayog is keen to take the entire agenda forward for the service towards divyang and help direct our attention to vulnerable classes in rural India”

Dr. Jitender Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Sarthak Educational Trust shared, “Sarthak Educational Trust has religiously strived during the course of the pandemic for creating an inclusive ecosystem for persons with disability by making them future-ready through upskilling, providing life skills training, help them cope with challenges, and be a part of the functional workforce. Sarthak came up with a Rozgar Sarathi- Job Portal for Persons with disabilities (One stop solution for all private sector, public sector and government jobs for Persons with disability), and mobile App for Divyangjan – CapSarathi, which has all information related to Disability and will be especially useful for reaching out the rural Divyangjan. Sarthak is also coming up with Sarthak Global Resource Center for Persons with disability in Gurugram- a solution for all disability related concerns”.


While speaking about the, Disability employment situation in a nutshell he adds, “The average percentage of employment of people with disabilities in the public sector is 0.54 percent; in the private sector: 0.28 percent; and in the multinationals: 0.05 percent. Despite of 4% reservation in Government jobs for certain persons or class of persons with benchmark disability, not even half the number is met. By 2025, Sarthak Educational Trust aims to provide employment to 1million Divyang youth from rural & urban india”

The day 1 saw enriching panel discussions on Unlocking Sustainable employment opportunities for disability sector, Government & CSR Efforts Towards Sustainable Development and more. Suchismita Mukherjee, Senior Manager-Talent Acquisition,Diversity & Inclusion, DHL Supply Chain shared “We ensure all compliances are adhered when we are hiring PwD’s especially when they working in warehouses. Emergency Lights in times of emergency evacuation, Bus Services for the employees and more. Thilakam Rajendran, Director, Alliance To Promote Abilities & Rehabilitation, while speaking at the entrepreneurship panel shared “Technology has brought us closer in giving more opportunities to PwD’s. They are future job-creators and as policy makers we have to ensure their financial independence and safety as well”.

 

Tilak Das, Head-Corporate HR, Reliance Retail spoke about diversity & inclusion in Reliance Retail  workplace. “At Reliance Retail we have hired 1400 PwD’s far. We focus on role mapping exercise, 16 Job roles are identified with the help of Sarthak. The onus also lies on educating our leaders, and we want to create an atmosphere where people feel they are an integral part of the organization”

At the recently held 22nd NCPEDP - Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2021, Sarthak Educational Trust was awarded for being India's most prestigious organization working to promote equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The event also saw the launch of Sarthak Annual Report 2021-22 - https://sarthakindia.org/annual-reports.php

About Sarthak Educational Trust: Sarthak Educational Trust has  presence at 24 centers across the country at (New Delhi (4), Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Ambala, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Thane, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum) and are actively engaged in creating productive citizens of India through life cycle approach and Early Intervention, Inclusive Education, Skill Development, Employment Generation, and Advocacy programs (www.sarthakindia.org). National Abilympic Association of India has been working to ensure excellence in vocational skills by organizing regional and national level Abilympics in India and representing India in International Abilympics since 2001 (www.abilympicsindia.org )

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