'Abhilasha' is a 15-month residential program for underprivileged girls in Rajasthan which teaches them software programming. This program also works on developing other 21st-century life skills to make them employable. At the end of the program, the girls will be placed in reputed companies as software programers or data analysts.
Abhilasha is a collaborative program between Vidya Bhawan Society, a 90-year-old prestigious educational institute in Udaipur, and NavGurukul which runs similar centers in other parts of the country. The program is sponsored by Bajaj Finserv and Koita Foundation.
Established in 1931, Vidya Bhawan is a cornerstone of education, championing quality learning for all. Its mission centers on fostering an open-minded outlook, strong citizenship, and the transformative power of education. Over eight decades, it has grown into a comprehensive educational network, with a commitment to equitable education, currently benefiting around 3500 students and extending support to 10,000 more. Vidya Bhawan combines rigorous academics with creative, cultural, and environmental learning, making it a pioneer in holistic education.
Started in 2016, NavGurukul runs a year-long residential flagship course on software programming for students from underserved and diverse communities. They have a few other courses in the School of Design, School of Media, School of Finance and School of Management. In the last five years, more than 630+ students from marginalized areas have gotten jobs in Software Programs and have donated back more than 32 Lacs in donations. Together, these alumni are earning more than 16 crores a year and are now taxpayers and job creators. More than 1,000 students are currently learning in residential centres across Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi, Tripura, Amravati and Dharamsala.
Abhilasha is a unique initiative aimed at providing girls from rural and urban areas who have completed grades 10 to 12 with coding skills equivalent to a B. Tech degree in Computer Science and soft skills. This transformative program, which seeks to fulfill girls dreams, includes around 100 girls from 86 towns and villages across various districts in Rajasthan, many of whom hail from underprivileged backgrounds and have limited access to educational opportunities. This program empowers these girls to pursue careers in software engineering, analytics, and other ambitious fields by offering a comprehensive 15-month residential training program that equips them with essential skills, self-confidence, practical experience, and knowledge. It also guarantees initial employment opportunities.
Abhilasha program was recently inaugurated at Vidya Bhavan Auditorium with the first batch of 100 girls in the centre from across 14 districts in Rajasthan. Many of these girls are first-generation learners from their families.