About 150 students from colleges in Puducherry trained under the ‘Campus to Corporate Careers’ programme organised by the tie-up between Lenovo India and TNS India Foundation (TNSIF).
The students, who participated in the programme, were provided on-the-job training at the Lenovo manufacturing plant in Puducherry. They have now been successfully placed at manufacturing companies in and around Puducherry including, Lenovo India, Yamaha Music India, Foxconn Technology India and Leo Fasteners by TNSIF.
In March 2021, Lenovo India partnered with TNS India Foundation, the Mumbai-based non-profit developmental organisation, for this programme to train college-going youth in 21st-century skills and place them in gainful formal employment.
The students who received certificates after completion of training were pursuing diploma courses from Motilal Nehru Government Polytechnic College and ITI courses from Women’s ITI College, Vambakeerapalayam, Puducherry and Women’s ITI College, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
All the participants were trained in soft skills and provided career counselling and job placement support. The certificates were presented to the job-ready students at a function presided by the District Collector, Government of Puducherry and the Assistant Director, Training, Labour Department of Puducherry.
“Together with Lenovo, we will continue to create a meaningful impact on our youth, bridge the skill gap and lead the nation towards achieving economic development,” said Rupa Bohra, managing director, TNS India Foundation.
Shrikanth Dhanakshirur, director – manufacturing, Lenovo India emphasised on the importance of students to “gain hands-on practical training experience before formally joining the manufacturing workforce”.
Thanking TNS India Foundation and the colleges who facilitated the project, Dhanakshirur called this an “excellent approach to skill development” and an idea way to “harness youth minds”.
V. Passoupathi, principal, Motilal Nehru Government Polytechnic College, admitted that “This concerted internship with TNSIF with hands-on experience at Lenovo India has benefited the students”.
He believes that “this kind of industry–institute interaction completes the cycle of solving pedagogical issues of finding a suitable position and recognition in the society”.