J.P. Morgan will donate 17 crore to SAGE Foundation to upskill disadvantaged students

Mumbai: Shahani Academic & Global Empowerment (SAGE) Foundation, a non-profit trust focused on skills training, is pleased to announce that J.P.Morgan will donate INR 17 crore (USD 2.25 million) to help train and upskill 4,800 graduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant will be utilized to teach new skills in the Banking and Financial Services Industry (BFSI) using advanced technology and innovative concepts with an aim of meeting the evolving needs of employers. This is the second grant that SAGE Foundation has received from J.P. Morgan.

The BFSI sector is investing heavily in technology and the digitalization of its products and services, creating a demand for individuals with specific skills and talents along with a practical knowledge of the industry. The Foundation will adopt innovative teaching methods to enable underprivileged youth to get entry-level jobs. This will be achieved through a blended learning model, a combination of on-line and classroom courses that develop students’ communication, sales and problem-solving skills while providing them with necessary domain knowledge. The Foundation will collaborate with its training arm Smart Institute for skills training.

Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, Shahani Group, said: “With the demand for work-ready professionals with deep industry knowledge on the rise, it is imperative that educational institutions alter their approach and provide students with real and tangible skills that are relevant to the workforce of today. Against the current economic environment this is even more critical. J.P. Morgan is a leading global financial services firm and receiving a grant for the second time from it has uplifted our resolve to ensure a change in the education sector. The funds will facilitate our goal of helping students reach their full potential and finding jobs in the banking sector.”

Maneesha Chadha, Head of Philanthropy for India, J.P. Morgan, said: “Businesses across sectors are facing challenges in finding and employing skilled talent. This program will help bridge the gap between employee skills and employer needs by giving underprivileged students an opportunity to acquire the appropriate training for the right skills that are needed to build careers. We look forward to high-yielding results.

About Shahani Group:

Drawing upon its legacy of over a hundred years in the Indian education sector, the Shahani Group devotes itself to enhancing the careers of lakhs of students via its academic initiatives aimed at providing them with employment in diverse industry sectors. Helmed by Maya Shahani and Akhil Shahani, the Shahani Group is now in its fourth generation, and encompasses a new generation of institutions in areas of management, media, banking, real estate, digital marketing, and more. Along with praiseworthy initiatives such as Ask.CAREERS, Thadomal Shahani Centre For Management, Thadomal Shahani Centre For Media & Communication and Ask Talent Services, the Shahani clan has been instrumental in forming over 24 iconic colleges in Mumbai, such as Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, HR College, KC College, and National College, among others.

As a result, it has been widely recognised for its work in the sector, receiving a bevy of awards, including the CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Award For Ethical Business Practices, the Clinton Global Initiative Award, and the CII Education Excellence Award. Operational in four cities, the Group also has an educational technology division and job placement division under its banner, and runs several CSR initiatives aimed at providing education and healthcare for the under-privileged.

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