Tech Mahindra Social Programs

Central to the Mahindra Group philosophy of #RiseForGood, the CSR arm of Tech Mahindra essentially works with children and youth from urban & disadvantaged communities in India. The Foundation is running more than 150+ projects across 11 locations of India. Over the years, the Foundation has impacted 2,60,633 direct beneficiaries across all the programs (as on 31 March 2020). In FY 2019-20, we impacted 38,337 direct beneficiaries through all our programs.

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Tech Mahindra Foundation Programs

Central to the Mahindra Group philosophy of #RiseForGood, the CSR arm of Tech Mahindra essentially works with children and youth from urban & disadvantaged communities in India. The Foundation is running more than 150+ projects across 11 locations of India.

  • Education
  • Employability
  • Disability
  • Mobile Science Lab

Promoting Education

The Foundation’s work in primary education focuses upon three thematic areas: school improvement, teacher empowerment, and learning enrichment. The programs are run in two modes — directly implemented through the Foundation and with partner organizations.

Through the ARISE (All Round Improvement in School Education) program, the Foundation works in government schools with the objective of holistic development of children in these schools. The ARISE program builds upon four dimensions that include academic, social, organizational, and infrastructural to help schools turn into models of excellence. Since FY 2015-16, around 1,28,339 children have been supported through our education programs. In FY 2019-20, the Foundation was able to reach out to 14,225 (approximately) children (including 2,864 Children with Disabilities) in various primary government schools across India.

Tech Mahindra Foundation is committed to teacher empowerment, enrichment in learning opportunities for children, effective school governance, and enhancing parental involvement in school education. In the domain of education, Shikshaantar is the Foundation’s training program for teachers. The Foundation runs two premier in-service teacher capacity building institutes called In-Service Teacher Education Institutes (ITEIs) with North Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Since FY 2015-16, 30,404 (approximately) teachers benefitted from capacity building workshops at ITEIs. In FY 2019-20, the Foundation trained 3,797 (approximately) teachers to improve teaching-learning experiences.

Training for Employment

Launched in the year 2012, SMART has the vision of creating a model for the vocational training program of international standards in the country. SMART (Skills for Market Training) is Tech Mahindra Foundation’s flagship employability program to empower youth from economically backward urban communities. It provides them with the requisite employability skills through structured training programs, ensuring that they are placed in suitable dignified jobs. In SMART training centres, there are a total of 13 domains and 34 courses that students can undertake.

Following the success of the SMART Centres, the Foundation initiated the SMART Academies which offer specialized, longer duration courses at our directly implemented academies. The first Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare, New Delhi started operations in May 2016 in collaboration with Harijan Sevak Sangh (a social development organisation, founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1932). The goal of setting up these academies was twofold — create, build, and nurture skilled paramedical and allied healthcare workforce for the healthcare sector along with uplifting country's youth and transforming them into world-class healthcare professionals.

Today, the Foundation runs three Tech Mahindra SMART academies in healthcare, three digital technologies academies and one logistics academy. It directly implemented programs within employability. The academies are state-of-the-art centres imparting high-quality training, with a blend of classroom, practical, and on-the-job training. The academies closely engage with the industry for constant curriculum up-gradation and placements.

Since FY 2012-13, close to 1,01,890 young men and women have been trained in SMART Centres and Academies. In FY 2019-20, under the SMART umbrella, the Foundation trained 20,315 (approximately) youth (including 1,566 Persons with Disabilities) across the nation. Under this program, there are SMART, SMART+ (for people with disabilities), and SMART-T (Technical courses) Centres which are operational across locations in India. More than 75% of the graduates are placed in jobs upon successful completion of the training, across multiple industries.

Enabling the Specially Abled

Disability is the third major area of intervention for Tech Mahindra Foundation. The Foundation has been working towards the welfare of people with disabilities with a firm belief that education and skilling are the keys to a future that creates opportunities transcending physical limitations. Our endeavour at the Foundation is to recognize & respect disability and support people with disabilities, empowering them to join the mainstream in the long run. The initiatives are carried out by way of our: ARISE+ (All Round Improvement in Special Education) and SMART+ (Skills-for Market Training for people with disabilities) programs.

The SMART+ program focuses on providing employable market-related entrepreneurial skills, and opportunities to youth with disabilities. Specially designed curriculum and well-equipped classrooms in the centres allow young people with disabilities to obtain different Foundation skills like basic IT and computers, spoken English, and workplace readiness. Since FY 2013-14, around 9,048 Persons with Disabilities benefitted from skill development training under SMART+ program. In the FY 2019-20, SMART+ were trained close to 1,566 (approximately) Persons with Disabilities.

ARISE+ is a special program that encourages children with disabilities such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, and intellectual disability to become a part of mainstream education with an emphasis on various educational & curriculum-based learnings and initiatives to support them in their primary school education. Since FY 2013-14, 37,033 Children with Disabilities have been supported with inclusive education as part of ARISE+ program. In FY 2019-20, ARISE+ program reached and benefitted, 2,864 (approximately) Children with Disabilities by providing chronic therapy as well as special education, to help them lead fulfilling lives.

Also, the Foundation mandates that 10% of all its beneficiaries are people with disabilities. To know more, please visit

Mobile Science Lab

Tech Mahindra Foundation launched Mobile Science Lab a bus equipped with hands-on-activities of EVS (Sciences) in association with East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The Mobile Science Lab aims to provide a well-equipped learning and creative environment to enhance the curiosity level of the budding scientists and environmentalist. Within a few months after the launch of the Mobile Science Lab in 2019, the lab on wheels was able to facilitate scientific learning experience by providing adequate infrastructure in over 19 EDMC schools, benefitting over 1544 students.

Mobile Science Lab focuses on gaining knowledge through activity-based learning and innovative thinking among government school students. The monthly outcomes include:

  • Reaches students in 19 EDMC schools every month where the student interaction is at multiple frequencies.
  • Touching 57 classrooms of Grades 3 to 5
  • Aims at conducting 200 experiments
  • Trained and facilitated 57 government school teachers

Mobile Science Lab is equipped with inquiry-based curricular materials and equipment that are engaging, substantive and thought-provoking for effective teaching-learning processes. The bus was procured from Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited, while the lab has been developed by My Stem Lab. The Mobile Science Lab was launched on World Children's Day (20 November) with the aim to create happier classrooms and focus on creating innovative teaching-learning process of EVS.

Salient Features of the bus:

  • Capacity to conduct classes for 45 learners at a time
  • 43 Inch Smart LCD screen with smart board features
  • Multiple posters as per concepts being taught
  • Folding tables as per the height of primary grade students
  • Air condition
  • Generator backup

Safety Features:

  • GPS tracking
  • CCTV enabled live streaming
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Provision for Oxygen Cylinder

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