AISECT, which is India’s leading Social Enterprise working to bring about an inclusive change in the semi-urban and rural areas of the country through skills and ICT based interventions, has been awarded the Hall of Fame at the recently held MyEO Engage Social Impact Business Awards. The honour has been bestowed on the organization for its innovative initiatives and services and the impact they have had on the society, as per the United Nation’s (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AISECT also received a cash prize of $1,000 in recognition of its concerted efforts in leading and inspiring Indian businesses towards social change.
Owing to the organization’s extensive experience of almost 35 years in this area, AISECT’s Executive Director Ms Pallavi Rao Chaturvedi also got the opportunity to represent India at the “International Entrepreneurial Summit to address the Sustainable Development Goals” held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Organized by MyEO Engage, a special interest group that promotes social change by inspiring and supporting EO members’ initiatives, MyEO Engage Social Impact Business Awards recognizes organizations whose actions and mandates are aligned with the UN SDGs in their own chapters.
AISECT has enabled the lives of rural people through skill development, placement assistance, financial inclusion and B2C and G2C services. The organization’s social initiatives are not only creating a positive social impact but are also helping achieve UN SDGs aimed at providing Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic Growth and Reducing Inequalities.
Apart from executing numerous initiatives, AISECT has also established five premier higher education institutions in the remote corners of India. These institutions have been crucial in establishing a complete holistic framework, addressing the need for access to quality education and reducing the inequalities persisting between urban and rural India.
Talking about the achievement, Ms Pallavi Rao Chaturvedi, Executive Vice President of AISECT, said, “AISECT has been working to bridge the urban and rural divide across the country through its path-breaking initiatives aimed at generating employment and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the rural youth for over three decades. It is an honour to be recognized for our efforts and this award further cements our leadership in the social domain,”
She further added, “While pursuing our goals, we have been inevitably working towards UN SDGs by providing access to quality education and employment opportunities through our initiatives which have been crucial in raising the living standards of the people in the rural areas and reducing income inequalities. We will continue to expand our reach in the rural fringes of the country and offer more services that will benefit the people across different socio-economic backgrounds.”
Launched in 1985, AISECT has over three decades of experience working in the areas of Skill Development, Higher Education, Financial Inclusion, e-Governance and other ICT-based services. The organization has been tirelessly working at the grassroot level to empower people, generate employment for the youth and create entrepreneurial opportunities. AISECT has a strong presence nationally with a network of over 20,000 centres in 475 Districts, 1500 Blocks and 7200 Panchayats across 29 States and 3 Union Territories. Till date, it has imparted skills-based training to over 20 lakh people, created employment opportunities within the AISECT network for more than 75,000 people and empowered the lives of over 50 lakh people through various innovative products and services.