Samsung India today signed an MoU with the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) for its Samsung Technical School initiative, renewing its partnership for 10 existing schools run across the country and also adding two new MSME-Samsung Technical Schools at Bengaluru and Jamshedpur.
With this, the number of schools in partnership with the Ministry of MSME goes up to 12. Samsung runs another 10 such schools in collaboration with Departments of Technical Education in different states such as Rajasthan, Kerala, Bihar, Delhi and West Bengal, taking the total to 22.
Reinforcing its commitment to the government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, Samsung also announced the MSME-Samsung Technical School Scholarship program for girls and differently-abled trainees. A Meritorious Reward Program for toppers at these institutes has also been launched.
Under the MSME-Samsung Technical School Scholarship program, 1,000 girls and differently-abled trainees, who have successfully completed the basic course, will be given a scholarship of up to
INR 20,000. This will cover the entire fee for the Samsung Advanced Repair and Industrial Skills Enhancement 2 (A.R.I.S.E.2) program and will help augment the number of girls and differently-abled trainees at the schools.
With the Meritorious Reward Program, toppers among Samsung Technical School students will be given a reward of INR 20,000 in recognition of their performance.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME, Shrimati Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing and Mr. HC Hong, President & CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia.
In line with its commitment towards the welfare of the girl child, Samsung India also unveiled a nationwide digital campaign film #SapneHueBade. The film showcases the true story of young Ms. Seema Nagar, who hails from a small village near Jaipur. Ms. Nagar, with her resilience, overcomes social and gender stereotypes and becomes a trained technician making her parents and family proud. The film demonstrates how proper education and opportunities can help a girl child dream big. Ms. Nagar was trained at Samsung Technical School, Jaipur and works at the Samsung Service Center in the city. She is now on the path to realize her dream of opening a service center in her village.
To support the girl child, Samsung India had also distributed 10,000 Solar Lanterns to girl students of government schools in Noida, Gurugram and Sriperumbudur near Chennai to celebrate International Women’s Day. These lanterns are enabling girls to spend more time on their studies, even during power outages.
Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME, said, “We are committed to creating an industry-ready work force and provide industry-oriented skills to our youth under the Skill India program. Samsung has been a valuable partner in our quest to create a vast pool of talent and we are pleased to further renew our association. The scholarships and reward program further showcase Samsung’s commitment towards the girl child and this initiative.”
The minister awarded MSME-Samsung Technical School Scholarship certificate to Ms. Soni Kumari who enrolled for the A.R.I.S.E.2 program at Samsung Technical School, Varanasi recently. Ms. Seema Nagar, who was present at the event, was felicitated by the minister.
Shrimati Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing, said, “The government, with its ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana’, has been trying to generate awareness about various welfare schemes for girls in the country. Samsung’s commitment to the welfare of the girl child and to help them get technically trained and find their feet is commendable.”
Mr. HC Hong, President & CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia, said, “Samsung is proud to help impart technical skills to youth of this country. We are totally committed to the government’s Skill India mission. Our collaboration with the ministry of MSME has enabled us to tap the potential of youth and make them job ready with the help of the Samsung Technical School initiative.”
Samsung Technical School, which is a part of Samsung’s citizenship initiative, was started in 2013 and aims to support the government’s vision to make India a global manufacturing hub by addressing the need for talented manpower with practical know-how and relevant industry experience. These schools have so far trained over 2,000 youth and made them job-ready across different technical trades. Around 70% of these students have got jobs, 45% of them with Samsung service centres. The initiative is part of Samsung’s ‘Make for India’ initiative and contributes to the government’s Skill India mission.
As part of the curriculum, the A.R.I.S.E.2 program provides students trade-specific training on various aspects of repair and troubleshooting for consumer electronics products such as mobile phones, televisions, home theatres and home appliances.
Students get real-time work experience at Samsung authorized service centres and other than technical skills, they also get a chance to learn soft skills which enable them to provide quality customer service.
Samsung India Citizenship Initiatives
Apart from Samsung Technical School, the Company’s flagship citizen program in India, Samsung Smart Class, promotes digital education among less privileged students, especially in rural India. This initiative aims to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban India and provide equal opportunities for quality education to children from all backgrounds. Since 2013, 470 Samsung Smart Class have been set up at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools across the length and breadth of India benefitting over 2.5 lakh students. In addition, over 8,000 teachers have been trained on how to use interactive technology to teach. Every Samsung Smart Class is equipped with an interactive Samsung Smartboard, Samsung tablets, a printer, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup.
Samsung Smart Healthcare program aims to support the Government’s efforts to benefit communities with limited access to quality healthcare. With innovative products such as ultrasound, digital radiology and accessories that facilitate healthcare intervention and multiple medical examinations, since 2015, Samsung has collaborated with 16 government hospitals across to country for the Samsung Smart Healthcare program. Doctors, technicians and radiologist are also trained to handle state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and software.