Code Unnati – Paving the Way to Success for Indian Women in the Tech Sector

The internet revolution has swept the world. Today, no country in the world is immune to rapidly changing technologies, including India. According to current data, India expects a boom in internet penetration, which will include tier two and tier three cities in a big way. The Coronavirus outbreak accelerated technology adoption. These occurrences show that in today’s society, digital skills are not only competence but also a necessity to survive.

However, the technology revolution has also deepened the already existing digital divide between urban and rural India. This divide could result in a large number of unemployed people, which could stifle the economy. In addition, gender disparities in Indian communities adversely affect the economy, as women get fewer opportunities to join the modern workforce. Therefore making every citizen, especially youth and women in India, digitally literate is of paramount importance.

What is TechSaksham intervention?

With the shared commitment of promoting digital equity and literacy, SAP’s Code Unnati and Microsoft have initiated a joint skilling programme, TechSaksham. This programme enables young women students from marginalised communities to pursue careers in technology. The programme imparts free training in advanced technologies such as cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and web development that will help students build a successful career.

The TechSaksham initiative also supports the professional development of teachers and trainers at participating institutes.

The initiative runs in collaboration with the AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy and the Collegiate Education departments of states for training purposes. So far the programme has trained more than 250 teachers who further train 50 students each. The programme has benefitted at least 75,000 students.

How TechSaksham has touched young women’s lives

The following are three inspiring stories of how TechSaksham changed the lives of three young women students and helped them achieve their goals.

Kirti Mandal, a final-year student at the Government Engineering College (GEC) in Bharuch, Gujarat, India, completed her capstone project using the skills obtained at the TechSaksham training programme, which included Python, Cloud Computing, and AI training. She also passed an interview at TCS, one of India’s most prominent IT companies.

Kriti developed an AI-powered app that warns people of accident-prone locations in cities and towns. She was inspired by a real-life incident that had occurred when she was a teenager. When she was12, Kriti had met with a motorbike accident on an accident-prone road.

Kriti wanted to do something about it. But, she met many obstacles such as time constraints, technical difficulties and the psychological pressure of appearing foolish while asking questions.

With continuous guidance from TechSaksham experts, she was able to implement AI, survey insights, data on road-lands, rate of vehicle production, accident-prone zones and more, to make the project successful. Speaking about clearing the interview at TCS, she said, “I happily answered all the questions, as all the concepts had been thoroughly taught in the course by our Code Unnati TechSaksham mentor.”

TechSaksham training helped Sanskriti Jain crack round two of an interview at technology giant Google. She was also hired for a one-month paid internship programme at The Intern Company. She is a third-year student pursuing a B.Tech course from Delhi’s GB Pant College.

The TechSaksham mentors helped Sanskriti complete her capstone project that addressed Spoken Language Disorders (SLDs), articulation, and stammering. Her project aims at assisting beneficiaries in improving their communication skills, strengthening their speech muscles via special exercises, enabling comprehensible speech for interpretation of what a child is saying, and engaging with children through participatory activities for free.

Shatakshi Gupta, a pre-final student of Electronics and Communications at S.A.T.I. Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, India, developed a chatbot by applying skills she acquired from TechSaksham training. The project earned her an internship at Engineering News-Record (ENR) without her even applying for it.

ENR approached her through her Linkedin Profile, which she had enhanced under the guidance of a TechSaksham coach. At ENR, she did a six-month internship. Shatakshi put her knowledge to use in her capstone project, which involved creating a healthcare chatbot to help and ease the burden on health workers during the pandemic. TechSaksham provided her employability skills such as SAP Conversational AI and LinkedIn profile enhancement. She hopes to use her technical skills to make a difference in society by solving real-world problems.

SAP Code Unnati, through initiatives such as TechSaksham, is proud to facilitate such transformations in society.