SAP for India: Driving Digital Skills and Literacy with Amul


The SAP for India vision of accelerating the pace of driving digital literacy, fostering gender equality, and promoting social entrepreneurship has been reinforced with the latest partnership with Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd., the country’s largest food product company.

In support of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, SAP has since launched a number of initiatives to facilitate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s campaign of making India a self-reliant nation through economic, infrastructure, and industry reforms. For instance, the German tech giant’s Global Bharat program in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the NASSCOM Foundation, and the Pratham InfoTech Foundation strengthens the initiative by equipping Indian organisations with the latest digital technologies to help in the establishment of their respective businesses.

Committed to bringing forward more nation-building activities for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, SAP recently announced a partnership with Amul which will focus on joint community outreach. The program intends to transform the lives of 1.5 million Indians through the development of a skilled workforce, social entrepreneurship, digital inclusion, and closing the gap on gender equality.

SAP and Amul have collaborated for more than two decades now to improve Amul’s business processes and propel the company’s digital transformation — enabled by SAP’s digital core enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain solutions. The latest community program unveiled by the two corporations demonstrates their long-standing partnership and commitment to the development of a sustainable world.

In a statement, RS Sodhi, Managing Director at Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Ltd. (Amul), said that he hopes the initiative will pave the way for nation-building and creating an Atmanirbhar India. In addition to fostering coding and 21st-century skills, the SAP corporate social responsibility (SAP CSR) program also focuses on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship as well as the support of farmland-based livelihoods. According to the press release, the Pratham Infotech Foundation will also lead the joint community outreach.

Strengthening the SAP for India Vision

On the sidelines of the program launch, Sodhi explained more about the initiative which is aimed at creating an accessible and inclusive digital ecosystem for every Indian in the country. He shared:

“SAP India and Amul have been in partnership for the last 12 years. So they approached us saying that there is a gap in digital literacy in our villages, which is much lower than in the urban areas, and rural students feel that technology is exclusively for urban India. Secondly, even if they want to learn, they don’t have resources. They don’t have locally available teaching aids and teachers. They can’t go to the nearest city to learn, so the need was how to make it available in the village itself.”

“Therefore, Amul’s infrastructure was married with SAP’s technical expertise, which made this collaboration a reality,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, SAP Indian Subcontinent President and MD Kulmeet Bawa believes that technology has the potential to serve as a catalyst in India’s transition to a more equitable and sustainable economy. Commenting on the recent collaboration with Amul, he added:

“Our work with Amul is an expansion of this vision and will provide citizens with the information and tools they need to succeed. As India continues to lead global action on sustainability, collaboration like ours will also provide the critical foundation for an inclusive and resilient future in which no one is left behind.”

Last year, SAP was also involved in all aspects of Code Unnati projects in the state of Karnataka, serving as the strategic mentor for all of the participants. The company equipped  15,000 students with 21st-century skills training as well as entrepreneurship development programs in various targeted districts.

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