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Youth Development

The Youth of today, are the foundation of our tomorrow.

         By giving our youth
         - hope
         - nurturing their creativity
         - and enhancing their capabilities

We give wings to our future...

Vocational Courses to Generate Employment

Our Foundation provides vocational training to the rural unemployed youth and school drop-outs, between the age of 18 and 25 years, to help them secure jobs and become economically self-sufficient.  

Our courses, conducted at our centre Chaitanya Kendra at Akurli near Panvel, have provided the youth with a sense of direction, and given them an opportunity to supplement their family’s income. The Centre is conveniently located and can be readily accessed by 24 villages in the area.


Livelihood Advancement Business School

This programme, known as Kotak Unnati, is conducted by us in collaboration with Kotak LABS who provide specialised training to both, students who have passed 10th to 12th standard, and high school drop-outs.

More than 300 students (till 2011) have completed the course and are now successfully employed, earning a salary of approximately Rs. 4000 to 6000 per month. It has been encouraging to note that of the total number of trainees, 38% were girls. All aspirants who completed the training were jointly certified by Kotak Education Foundation and the Chakshu Foundation.

Features of the programme:

A 16-week training in retailing, hospitality, computers and spoken English
Prepared by the Reddy Foundation, and conducted by Kotak who also provide the placement opportunities
Exposure to industry through domain specific guest lecturers and field visits
Classes conducted by professionals on grooming and interview preparations
Valedictory Functions and mobilisation programmes that help the students gain confidence in speaking and conducting themselves in public
  Hospitality Industry 152 39 191
  Customer Relations & Sales 87 70 157
  Total Enrolled 215 133 348
  Dropped Out 24 9 33
  Certified Graduates 191 124 315

Wireman Course

This course is conducted in association with the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Panvel, for school drop-outs.


Construction Vocational Training Programme

This programme is conducted at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, and helps unemployed youth with technical aptitude to get qualified and gain suitable employment.

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Youth Employment Programme for 10 students for 1 year
  ›› Rs. 10,000

Mubina Abbas Pathan, Employed at Big Bazaar

“Both my parents do not work and my two brothers earn around Rs 3000 to 4000 a month. My family managed to educate me till 12th standard but due to lack of money I did not study more.

I heard about the Hospitality and the Sales & Retail management course offered by the SKS Chakshu Foundation and Kotak Labs. I got admission in the course and completed it in March 2008. With the help of the Kotak Labs placement I got a job as a cashier with Big Bazaar.

I now earn more than Rs 4000 a month and feel proud to be financially independent.”

Archana Patil,
Employed at McDonalds

“I could speak well, but lacked the confidence to speak in English.  After joining the Kotak course, I can now confidently speak and understand English. The benefits I have got from doing this course just cannot be put into words.”


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