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Dell Technologies sets up Skill India Lab in Puducherry

The Lab will impart quality vocational training to underprivileged school and college dropout youth in the field of computer hardware servicing and networking, and equip them for immediate gainful employment


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Dell Technologies unveiled its first Dell Kaushal Kendra (Skill India Lab), a state-of-the-art computer hardware lab for training youth on computer manufacturing and repair services at Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College (SVRCC) in Puducherry Wednesday. SVRCC is the NGO partner of Dell Technologies in the union territory.
 
The Kaushal Kendra will impart quality vocational training to underprivileged school and college dropout youth in the field of computer hardware servicing and networking, and equip them for immediate gainful employment. The Diploma in Computer Hardware and Servicing is a year-long course and comprises 9-month classroom training and 3-month on-the-Job internship with an industrial or service unit. The course will equip the students in hardware servicing trade, glossary, tools and equipment, documentation, materials, testing, safety, practice modules and on-job site training.

Inaugurating the lab, V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry said, “We believe creating new and better job opportunities for the youth of this community and country is the need of the hour. We need to prepare our youth for the digital future and utilise their potential for the country's economic development. Dell Kushal Kendra is a step forward in this direction, which will empower the community to learn the digital way and give them a means to livelihood.”

“I applaud this initiative by Dell Technologies and Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College to create such employment opportunities for the marginalised youth of the region and the community,” Narayanasamy added.  

“At Dell Technologies, we believe that access to technology is not a luxury, but a necessity. We have always thought of technology as the driver for human progress. We are excited to collaborate with Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College and promote a culture of learning amongst the youth to make them future ready in the field of technology services. Our dream is for the long-term, as we invest our energy and resources in the youth to equip them for a digital future,” said Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director, Dell Technologies India during the inauguration.

Speaking on the occasion, G.V Subrahmaniam, Founder and Managing Director, SVRCC said, “What started out as an endeavour to impart quality training to the underprivileged youth of today has scaled new heights. We will always be grateful to Dell for the opportunity to provide wholesome computer hardware servicing education to the growing number of students theoretically and practically. The upgraded lab is truly an added benefit as the need for this course grows.”

Navneet Kejriwal, Sr. Director, Manufacturing Operations at Dell Technologies, India said, “Technology acts as a bridge to ignite and unite young minds such that they not only adopt a problem-solving approach but also collaboratively develop solutions. Dell Kaushal Kendra will educate and equip the youth in computer and hardware manufacturing and support services, which will make them readily employable technicians, who can add value in any organisation from day one.”

“We hope to offer some of them jobs at our manufacturing plant near Chennai, or as field support technicians in our service network, which will further provide them a source of livelihood,” Kejriwal added.
 
Dell Technologies along with SVRCC aims at skilling the youth and channelising their energies in productive ways which would lead to the growth of the nation.

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