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Management Graduate Apar Kasliwal starts initiative UpSkill to get India employed

Management Graduate Apar Kasliwal starts initiative UpSkill to get India employed

Summary: "An idea born out of a classroom in a management school is making a skill deficient India industry ready and benefitting thousands of people by making them employed. It was Apar Kasliwal and his friends, graduates from Kellogg School of Management, who conceptualized an impact-driven social enterprise to bridge India’s skilled market. A wide gap in the demand and supply of skilled manpower and income disparities which led to discontent among the young population motivated Apar to start with the initiative. Read more about it here. "


An idea born out of a classroom in a management school is making a skill deficient India industry ready and benefitting thousands of people by making them employed.

It was Apar Kasliwal and his friends, graduates from Kellogg School of Management, who conceptualized an impact-driven social enterprise to bridge India’s skilled market.

A wide gap in the demand and supply of skilled manpower and income disparities which led to discontent among the young population motivated Apar to start with the initiative

The initial funding came from the prize money won in several international business competitions. The couple also raised money through crowdfunding. After the success of the pilot, they started working on both government and private sector funded projects. The organisation also won awards for their contribution to the social sector. One of its centre in Surat was awarded by the Ministry of Rural Development for the best residential training centre in 2015.

UpSkill has two primary business verticals. The first one includes training centres that are operated by the various government and CSR funded projects and a few that run on fee-based training programmes.

Second is UpSkill’s technology platform NODE, which is a SAAS-based software. NODE captures data at all steps — from education to employment, from recruiting trainees to placement to career advancement. It also has content for digital training. This platform is used by trainers, organisations who wish to use their CSR fund on skill training, and industries who wish to hire a skilled workforce.

UpSkill has been designing innovative training and placement models for the youth by using technological interventions. The purpose of the organisation is to build an education system that is practical and direct links to the demand of the industry:


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