SAP has been supporting companies in making their transition towards digitalised processes by providing solutions that meet their business needs. On the side, they have also been creating initiatives and joining hands with companies and foundations in establishing projects that benefit the current generation of workers.
More than one million adolescents in India have benefited from SAP India’s Code Unnati, a programme launched in 2017. The programme has provided employment-led digital literacy and software skills and has set-up almost 500 centres for the said initiative.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director for SAP Labs India, Sindhu Gangadharan, said:
“Our collaboration with Nanhi Kali will help girl students to be digitally ready and empower them to bring about a positive change in the economy.”
She added that despite accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the Indian population, only 25 per cent of the workforce comprises of females.
Gangadharan referred to reports in saying that 10 per cent of Indian girls attending school can help increase the national income (GDP) by up to three per centage points.
The Project Nanhi Kali was established by Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, in 1996. To date, the programme has supported more than 3.75 lakh girls across India, delivering academic and material support. At present, it is managed together by K C Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation.
V S Parthasarathy, Mahindra Group’s Group CFO and Group CIO said:
“To prepare for the wave of digital transformation that the country is currently experiencing, building digital skills is essential, and Project Nanhi Kali already provides secondary school girls in the programme with access to digital tablets pre-loaded with educational content.”
The coverage for the partnership will include Maharashtra, Guharatm West Bengal and some areas in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Estimated number of girls aged 5 to 15 is expected to reach almost 12,000.