The Principal Scientific Adviser’s office was established in November 1999 by the Cabinet Secretariat aims to provide pragmatic and objective advice to the Prime Minister and cabinet on matters related to science, technology and innovation with a focus on application of science and technology in critical infrastructure, economic and social sectors in partnership with Government departments, institutions and industry.
The initiatives undertaken by the Office of the PSA include the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC), Empowered Technology Group (ETG), Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 (STIP 2020) and I-STEM (Indian Science, Technology and Engineering Facilities Map).
For more information, please visit https://www.psa.gov.in/
In India, Bosch is a leading supplier of technology and services in the areas of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Since setting up its manufacturing operation in India in 1951, Bosch has grown over the years to include 18 manufacturing sites, and 7 development and application centers.
Their CSR endeavours, known as ‘Bosch India Social Engagement’, aims to make a difference in the lives most in need. To address the shortage of young people with job skills, Bosch has developed a short-term, job-oriented program known as BRIDGE, which focuses on school dropouts, ensuring their job readiness. Several private and public partnerships continue to make BRIDGE one of India’s fastest growing job skills program for less- educated youth leading them to entry-level employment in the services sector. Over 16,000 less-educated youth have been trained and employed through 150 BRIDGE Centers across India.
IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 350,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. With Watson, the AI platform for business, powered by data, we are building industry-based solutions to real-world problems. For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents.
SkillsBuild is a free access digital learning platform that focuses on industry-relevant skill development in students and jobseekers above the age of 18 years. On successful completion of certain learning-activities, the students can earn IBM certified badges that can be uploaded directly on LinkedIn or stated on the CV. It also consists of learning-activities from Coursera, Code Door, Udemy, Skillsoft, Google, IBM Skills Academy. It offers career coaching opportunities and creates an international community of learners that can engage in projects together.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity that supports 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children globally. The sustainable model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft care in their own communities.
For more information, please visit: https://www.smiletrainindia.org
Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation is a Company incorporated under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 as a Company Not for Profit and limited by Guarantee and have a share capital.
To implement a ‘Village Social Transformation Mission’ to reform villages affected by natural calamities drought and other social, economic, livelihood, connectivity and infrastructural challenges in Maharashtra into Model Villages and create an inclusive growth model for scaling up and transforming villages in rural Maharashtra towards self-sustainable development and a collaborative and focused effort to provide last mile service delivery and build infrastructure to empower the villages and to undertaking rural development.
British Council aims to partner with India’s knowledge ambitions and economic growth by creating opportunities for young people to succeed in a global environment. This will be done by building connections, trust and understanding between the UK and India. By 2025, we aim to reach 100 million young people in India, through education, English language teaching and training and, arts and culture. We will support the ambitions of young people in India to study or work overseas.
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a not-for-profit public limited company incorporated on July 31, 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 (corresponding to section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013). NSDC was set up by Ministry of Finance as Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The Government of India through Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) holds 49% of the share capital of NSDC, while the private sector has the balance 51% of the share capital.
NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions. Further, the organisation provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support system which focuses on quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships. NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organizations that provide skill training. It also develops appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives. The differentiated focus on 21 sectors under NSDC’s purview and its understanding of their viability will make every sector attractive to private investment.
For more information, please visit: https://nsdcindia.org
At Social Alpha, we believe that science and technology innovations and entrepreneurship has the potential to bring about a positive change in the life of masses. We search for entrepreneurs and innovators who are on a ‘mission to create social, economic and environmental impact’ and support them through their ‘lab to market’ journey, as they create compelling solutions to fight poverty and address India’s intractable developmental challenges. Please visit https://www.socialalpha.org for more details.
1% of the population in India owns more than half the country’s wealth. 10% of the population owns more than three-fourths of the country’s wealth. The poorest of the poor people have access to just 4.1% of national wealth. This gap is widening every year.
Oxfam India is working to reduce this widening gap and inequality. We do this by working with alliances of poor and marginalized people, especially women, to ensure that they realise their rights, influence decision-making processes and transform power structures. To end the cycle of inequality, we urge the government to ensure universal and quality healthcare and education for all, in particular children and women. To make funds available for this, we campaign for the introduction of progressive tax reforms and for corporations to pay fair taxes owed to the country.
Our work aims to ensure that the poorest communities have equal opportunity, equal wages for work, and equal right over resources. We also build the resilience of communities to disasters and reduce vulnerability, particularly for women and children.
We campaign to make violence against women socially unacceptable. We also campaign to secure 50% representation of women in public institutions so that women have an equal say in decisions that affect their lives.
Oxfam India is also engaging with the public to promote active citizenship, and with the private sector to encourage responsible business.
We design and integrate these digital networks for our customers. With core capabilities in Optical Interconnect, Virtualised Access Solutions, Network Software and System Integration, we are the industry’s leading end-to-end solutions provider for global digital networks. We partner with global telecom companies, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises to deliver solutions for their fixed and wireless networks for current and future needs.
We believe in harnessing technology to create a world with next generation connected experiences that transform everyday living. With intense focus on end-to-end network solutions development, we conduct fundamental research in next-generation network applications at our Centre of Excellence. STL has a strong global presence with next-gen optical preform, fibre and cable manufacturing facilities in India, Italy, China and Brazil, along with two software-development center’s across India and one data centre design facility in the UK.
We are driven by impact and powered by knowledge. We bring the right balance of head-heart-hand to our work. We believe that age-old problems need new-age thinking and rigorous implementing, with empathy at the core.
And that's what we deliver for our customers and partners!
At the heart of our work is the ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and co-create inclusive working models that help each organisation achieve its own place in the Magic Quadrant - where its economic value as well as social impact is maximised.
The last 50 years have witnessed unprecedented growth leading to significant enhancements in the quality of life for most of us. However, it is undeniable that this development has also greatly increased inequality across the world, leaving behind more of us than we are able to take forward.
We help organisations design and execute inclusive models that are innovative, economically viable and add equitable value to all the different stakeholders involved in the chain.
As knowledge-driven organisation that aims to be strategic partners to customers, we strive to build an outside in perspective, continue to be curious and constantly discover new ways of solving social problems at scale. One step ahead. All the time.