Mumbai 3rd June 2022: The total population of Maharashtra is 11.42 Crores and out of this 0.3 Crores are divyang. This is not just another statistical figure or percentage, this is an outcry for the concerted efforts to ensure that they get access to basic facilities, services, and most importantly participation. Sarthak Educational Trust, who has been working towards skilling people with disabilities to find jobs based on their capabilities today inaugurated its latest autonomous vocational training centre in Andheri, Mumbai. “Over the last 6 years, with its centres in Mumbai and Thane, Sarthak has trained over 4000 Divyangjan from Mumbai and Rest of Maharashtra. With this new centre that will work on a hybrid model we aim to train and empower around 10000 divyangan from all over Maharashtra”, shared, Dr. Jitender Aggarwal, Founder, Sarthak Educational Trust at the gathering.
Sarthak has been working in the disability sector since 2008 following a life-cycle approach to ensure the same. Sarthak provides free of cost skill training to Divyangs in all major cities of India, namely New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Ambala, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Virar, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Thane, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum & have trained and placed 34300+ and 23450+ divyangs respectively with the support of our 2000+ corporate partners. We have empowered 4452+ PwDs in the state of Maharashtra so far and impacted 1 million PwDs in different ways.
Vikhroli resident Sanjana Sinkar who has been Orthopedically Handicapped got trained under Sarthak for a year and bagged a job in Bank Of America a year ago. She now supports her family on her own. An alumni from Mumbai centre Rubina Shaikh from Virar shared, “Best thing about Sarthak is that they provided a job and not just the training. Today, I am working in Marks & Spencer as a Customer sales associate and I am really thankful to the Sarthak team for making me self – reliant.”
Another candidate, ‘Amit Yadav” from Sarthak Mumbai Center who has always believed in his capabilities and wanted to make it big, is currently working as a Senior Executive in Aditya Birla Finance Limited & earning a decent salary. In December 2021 Sarthak launched an exclusive online job portal for people with disabilities called Rozgarsarathi (www.rozgarsarathi.org), which has 460+ registered employers and 6000+ PwDs registered. The portal is accessible to all PwDs across India other than Sarthak trainees as well. Innovation at Sarthak is manifold. The organization services such as Counseling, Guidance, Early Intervention, Education, Skill development, Employment, Career Growth and even Matrimonial Alliances through CapSarathi mobile application (In partnership with Capgemini) which is available in 11 languages.
“We request caregivers, NGOs, rehabilitators, and other well-wishers in Mumbai & Maharashtra to spread information about Sarthak’s initiative to reach the maximum number of beneficiaries and welcome PWDs to become a part of the Sarthak family, and let us hold their hands in their journey to excel”, Dr. Aggarwal further added
The event also saw several trainers and HR personnel from companies like Kotak Mahindra Bank, Flipkart, Delhivery, Team Computers and more who gave a big shout out to the alumni of Sarthak for their skill and dedication towards their job roles. The centre is ably funded and supported by Mahindra Finance, Voltas, Brookfield Properties and Ambit Oditi Foundation.