Tata Consultancy Services has also focused on helping those in rural areas with programmes such as the Tata Consultancy Services Maitree village Development Programme. The company’s associates have trained 50 women in Panvel, India, in making eco-friendly jute bags through the Women Empowerment Programme. A two-storey school has also been provided for the benefit of over 500 children in the village, who will have access to its solar-operated computer lab, a science lab and a library. As supplementary support in this rural area, infrastructure for clean drinking water has also been provided. Volunteers visit the village to teach the children conversational English, as well as Maths and Science. This initiative, known as the Panvel Rural Development Initiative, is one of the flagship volunteerism initiatives of Tata Consultancy Services Maitree. There are other beneficiaries of such projects in other areas such as Padmapur and Challera, widening the number of beneficiaries to over a thousand rural residents.
Marginalised youth across India, meanwhile, have been the target beneficiaries of the BPS Employability Programme, which TCS has dedicated itself to since 2010, in recognition of the critical concern over lack of exposure to contemporary skills in the country.
The programme consists of 80 to 100 hours of powerful interactive content designed to train marginalised youth and help them develop skills that increase their chances of finding gainful employment. The training is an effective platform for the learning of communication skills, corporate etiquette, interview skills, resume building and basic computer knowledge. Helping these marginalised youths build their self-confidence is the motivation behind this programme.
Corporate support for the betterment of society is also seen in the company’s support of the construction of the Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) Academy in Pune. Here, girls are trained with 21st century skill building such as coding and critical writing and are taught by faculty members who previously served at Woodstock and the American School of Chennai.