BOSCH India Foundation supports training in Karnataka

“enabling lives and livelihood to build a better tomorrow”

June 13th, 2016

Bosch India Foundation, the philanthropy arm of BOSCH India – the country’s largest automotive component manufacturer - has joined hands with Smile Foundation to provide livelihood training to 120 underprivileged youth of Bengaluru for a year.

Under this association, a new STeP centre has been set up at Virgonagar, Medahalli in Bengaluru. The centre has enrolled 62 underprivileged youth to provide basic skills in English proficiency, computer education, retail management, personality development for enhancing their prospects of employment in the quickly emerging retail, service and BPOs sectors. The project aims to train 120 students in the coming year.

Speaking about the association, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation, said, “STeP is an effort towards creating a pool of independent youth living with dignity from the underprivileged section through skill enhancement, in tandem with market requirements. We are really thankful to the Bosch India Foundation for helping us in enabling lives and livelihood to build a better tomorrow.

With its provision of training opportunities and technical solutions, the Bosch India Foundation enables people to lead an independent life, whatever their background. It was established by five Bosch Group companies in India in 2008. Each member diverts some of their profits into the foundation every year to finance its activities.

In addition, the Bosch India Foundation primarily lives from the voluntary commitment of local Bosch associates. Within the space of five years, it has launched approximately 85 projects in 16 different communities together with cooperation partners. The foundation has already managed to reach over 5,700 people. Its courses include computer training for unemployed young people from the rural areas of India, language and self-defence courses, and bicycle repair courses for street children. The Bosch India Foundation and Indian organizations also jointly finance operations for sick children and young people and help pregnant women to receive the medical care they require.

The Bosch India Foundation, with its focus on ‘Enabling Lives and Livelihood’ through skill training and healthcare have touched the lives of over 6,000 youth in 16 locations in India in 2012. Through this new partnership, the Foundation hopes to reach out and provide skills to more of the youth.


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