Rotary Foundation grants $150,000 toward career development project in India

Ravishankar Bhooplapur (Photo courtesy Xavier University)

The Gold Coast Lake Success Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Delhi in Partnership with The NIT Foundation announced a $150,000 grant towards the development of a skill and career development center for vocational training for the youth of India.

This project was initiated by past District Governor Ravishankar Bhooplapur, an Indian-American who is credited with finding new and innovative ways to help communities and is currently president of the Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba.

The NIT Foundation, (NF), is a not-for-profit organization that sets up CDCs within urban slums and villages. They have been working with underserved youth for the past decade, with the goal of imparting employable skills to youth so that they can be absorbed in the formal industry, a press release from Xavier University said.

Over the course of his travels Bhooplapur found that skill development centers are needed because although India is experiencing great economic growth, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. He believes the reason for this is the movement of people from the rural areas of the country to the cities and metropolitan areas where opportunities for getting jobs and improving one’s qualify of life are greater. However, the migrants do not possess many of the skills needed to succeed in the metropolitan areas, he notes.

Bhooplapur is confident this skill development center will help to train these migrants in the necessary level required for entry level positions.

The Gold Coast Lake Success Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Delhi and The NIT Foundation know this $150,000 grant will help provide exceptional vocational training to those who seek the skills necessary to help them succeed, the press release said.






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