Imparted skills to 14,000+ learners

Aakarshan Skill Development Programme

One of the flagship programmes of Spark Minda Foundation is a skill development programme, which started its journey in 2013. It promotes skill development and facilitates employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to underprivileged children and youth, focusing on women communities in rural and semi-urban India, through centres located in five states across India - Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

08Skill Development Centres Across India


Last 10 years




Aakarshan Skill Development Centre

Computer and Tally

Spark Minda Foundation has launched the Tally programme in collaboration with NIIT Foundation. During this session, youth are given in-depth training in Basic Computer, Tally Fundamental, Manual Accounting, Computerized Cost Centre, Cost Category, Inventory, GST & TDS. Additionally, facilitation in employment is also provided.

Initiated in 2013

Learners – 5539

Beauty and Wellness

In 2015, Spark Minda Foundation (SMF) introduced a Beauty and wellness course as youth were more interested in building their career in the make-up artist field. SMF started a 4-month Beauty & Wellness Training Programme in which women are trained in basic and advanced make-up and hair styling, mehendi design and machine usage. This way they can take the first step toward self-grooming while also becoming independent by working in beauty salons or starting their own business.

Initiated in 2015

Learners – 1777

Cutting and Tailoring

Spark Minda Foundation launched another course in Cutting and Tailoring to empower women by making them self-reliant. SMF offers courses in which women can either start their own business or get a job by learning basic cutting and tailoring for six months. A 3 month advanced cutting and tailoring course has been introduced after seeking the demand of the community.

Initiated in 2014

Learners – 1743

Spoken English

Spark Minda Foundation (SMF) identified a major requirement through need assessment surveys of the youth living in rural and semi-urban areas of India is the use of English language as a medium of communication for their professional development. SMF initiated a 6-month Spoken English Training Programme in Aakarshan Centres to help youth overcome communication barriers caused by a lack of English fluency.

Initiated in 2015

Learners – 3889

Industrial Tailoring Programme

This program aims to empower women by providing them with a range of industrial skills needed in garment and export houses. After training them for 45 days, assistance in placement is provided to them. This programme runs in collaboration with Shahi Exports.

Initiated in 2017

learners – 1430


Dual System of Training (DST) Programme

Spark Minda Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the DTTE Government of NCT Delhi for the Dual Systems Training Scheme. It is a springboard for establishing a relationship between Industries and Industrial Training Institutes. This program has been approved by the Indian Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship. It is done in collaboration with the Government of NCT Delhi, ITI Nizamuddin and Wadhwani Foundation. Our factories in UP provide hands-on training, bridging the gap between academic and industrial training knowledge.


Students have completed their training under DST


HP World on Wheels (WoW) Project

This project has been initiated with collaborators like BSG, NIT, MDMCT and HP to spread digital literacy, entrepreneurship training and citizen services through the PPP model in every corner of the country.

The bus is a mobile digital laboratory with 20 computers, a printer, a 65-inch touch panel that serves as a whiteboard and a display and sound system. The bus functions as a “Common Service Centre” for the e-learning of school children and provides digital literacy to all, with a special batch of women. Moreover, to take care of the sustainability aspect, the bus is solar panel powered on the roof.


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