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Transforming Lives

Skilling India

Our Mission

For the Vulnerable

We work for the upliftment of the marginalized, underprivileged youth, misguided juveniles and homeless women.

For Unemployed Youth

We ensure employability for dropouts & neoliterates. Help the educated unemployed youth to find jobs through our programs.

For Students

We do skill building and vocational training under the National Skill Qualification Framework, as part of curriculum in schools and colleges.

Why Empower Pragati

The answer lies in our work. Our work is fuelled by our mission – “Transforming Lives, Skilling India”.

 

Our Team is led by our inspirational Founder who has established a strong work culture and value system based on transparency and empathy. We deliver our work through diverse formats and programs to provide skill development to the youth and have designed innovative models aimed at strengthening the skill ecosystem. We believe success can be achieved through scale without compromising on quality.

If you are looking for an organization that pursues its work with passion and has the ability to scale without compromising on quality, then it is us.

Rajiv Sharma
Founder & Managing Director

Rajiv heads the organisation from the front by providing strategic vision and leadership. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and did his MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He has held senior management positions for over 25 years at Kodak, HCL and was also the CEO of Airtel Enterprise Services before he quit the corporate world to join the social sector. Sensing anacute lack of enough skilled people in the Indian job market, he started Empower Pragati to contribute to bridging this skill gap and led it to become one of the most admired and innovative skill training companies in India.

Pritha Dutt
Director

Pritha heads the Training, Placement and Human Resource wings of the organisation. An MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, she has worked extensively in both the corporate and social sectors and has held leadership positions in organizations such as Oberoi Hotels, ICI paints, Airtel and Feedback Ventures. Pritha co-founded and nurtured Phicus Social Ventures before she quit to join Empower Pragati. With a passion in the fields of learning and development, she continues to drive Empower Pragati forward. She enjoys theatre and reading in her free time.

Sanjeev Sharma
Director

Sanjeev heads implementation of all Government Projects undertaken by Empower Pragati. He is an MBA fromS P Jain School of Global Management and has more than thirty years of corporate experiencein India, Middle East and Africa. He is known for his strategic insights to transform business results for profitable growth. He has had immense exposure in managing resources to improve organisational performance and enhance productivity while creating high-impact strategies for value addition. He has received many prestigious awards such as NRI Achievers Award, Bharat Samna Pravasi Award etc. In his leisure time, Sanjeev likes to play golf and enjoys meeting people.

K.B. Rajendran
Director

KBR heads the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) Project and the Marketing function of Empower Pragati. He holds a B.Tech from NIT, Calicut and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has been a member of the leadership teams at companies such as Airtel, Essar, Reliance Communications and Dimension Data. He has expertise in social entrepreneurship, vocational skill training, e-Commerce logistics, telecom and payments. He was also actively  involved in e-Governance initiatives and cloud adoptions at Central Government, State Government and Municipality levels. He is our resident social networking, cloud computing and generally all-things-technology expert.

Empower Pragati is now a front runner in the world of skill development, in close collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship. In the past, we were able to train only a small number of students – around 1048, under the four projects we had. However, our resilience and dedication has ensured that the number of projects has increased to 38, including top government projects. These are Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra) PMKK, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal yaYojana(DDUGKY), Ministry of Rural Development, and The National Skills Qualifications Framework(NSQF), Ministry of Rural Development and several Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects. Through these efforts and collaboration, we have up to date trained around 2.5lac students.

Since its inception, Empower Pragati has been working to empower, make financially independent, and productive the ‘weakest and most vulnerable’ sections of society. These include girls from poor families, minority groups, school dropouts, migrant labour, street children, and the differently enabled. We have worked in the past worked on a project with Indian Oil Corporation, with at risk juveniles.

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Shubham Singh

“After completing training at Empower Pragati, I was placed at Flipkart as a Sales Associate. Even after completing my graduation I was unable to find a job. Doing this training has totally transformed my profile.”

Shubham Singh

2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Shubham Singh

“After completing training at Empower Pragati, I was placed at Flipkart as a Sales Associate. Even after completing my graduation I was unable to find a job. Doing this training has totally transformed my profile.”

Manisha Meena

“I came to Delhi from a village in Rajasthan to get my mother treated for cancer. Desperately needed money to support her and my five siblings back at home. I’m currently working at MCD Dispensary and earning more than anyone ever in my family. Empower Pragati promised free-training and guaranteed job which changed my life forever.”

Manisha Meena

2017-12-01T12:38:04+00:00

Manisha Meena

“I came to Delhi from a village in Rajasthan to get my mother treated for cancer. Desperately needed money to support her and my five siblings back at home. I’m currently working at MCD Dispensary and earning more than anyone ever in my family. Empower 

Deeksha Kumari

“My childhood has been full of hardships and I wanted to change this for my family and myself. I found about Empower Pragati and its free-training program which would help me find a job through a mobile camp in my locality. Now I’m working at Cafe Coffee Day and leading a transformed life.”

Deeksha Kumari

2017-12-28T12:53:48+00:00

Deeksha Kumari

“My childhood has been full of hardships and I wanted to change this for my family and myself. I found about Empower Pragati and its free-training program which would help me find a job through a mobile camp in my locality. Now I’m working at 

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