Microsoft’s Project “Jyoti” helping young people
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/04/2012 -- Microsoft’s Project “Jyoti is bring help and needed income to youth across India. For Hina Rahi, eldest child of her seven-member family, it has made all the difference for her family.
“My father has a small shop in Delhi. He used to send us Rs 3,000 every month which was not enough for us. I always wanted to economically support my family but I was not educated enough. Last year, during a door-to-door advertising of Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), India-’computerji jode duniya se’, I got to know about Microsoft’s project ‘Jyoti’ that train people with computer skills on nominal fee,” according to Hina.
‘Jyoti’ is a skills training program created by the Microsoft Corporation Private Limited (Microsoft India) that provides training to people that are 18-35 years old. The program trains participants in computer skills, which can then help them get a job. Microsoft introduced the program in 2009 in collaboration with various NGO’s and opened community technology centers in remote areas to provide residents with access and support.
“ I enrolled myself at the center after paying Rs 850 for a six month course and learnt various computer programs. It changed my life. I now work as an assistant at a school and also teach students and earn Rs 2,500 a month,” said Hina. This has also inspired her to open her own training center for girls who were just like her. Hina is just one of many stories of success that the program has seen over the years.
According to Manju Dhasmana, community affairs managers for Microsoft India, over 8,000 youth have been trained through the program to date. The program has also placed “over 5,200 people” after the completion of the program. The program is truly helping an area of India that has been hit hard by tough economic times and a scarce number of jobs in the region.
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