Corporate Citizenship in India
Transforming Business, Technology and Society
In India, IBM has offices in over 22 cities, with headquarters in Bangalore and regional offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. IBM has been expanding its footprint in India – and has a presence in over 200 cities and towns across the country – either directly or through its strong business partner network. IBM in India is a unique microcosm of the IBM Corporation bringing to India the entire spectrum of IBM’s global capability and expertise – from hardware, software, services (domestic and global delivery) as well as the crown jewel of research and development. India is also home to IBM’s largest global delivery teams across Infrastructure, Applications, Consulting, and Business Process Outsourcing and is the largest MNC exporter in the IT industry in India.
IBM’s longstanding, global commitment to corporate responsibility is a demonstration of our values and the priorities that guide them. IBM’s technology and talent have the power to help transform governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world. We approach societal challenges as we would any engagement —by applying our talent and technology to innovative solutions for education, economic development, environmental sustainability, healthcare and more.
IBM India citizenship programs include: ‘Teachers Try Science’ that aims to improve education outcomes through improved access to education resources for teachers ; ‘Impact Grants’ and ‘Corporate Service Corps’ that focus on building stronger systems and processes in NGOs to help enhance and deepen their mission impact; ‘community grants’ that provide small grants to NGOs to meet their program requirements and support women’s capacity building to strengthen women entrepreneurship; and the P-TECH 9-14 School Model that address employability gaps and economic empowerment of youth. Supported by large engaged corporate volunteers, IBM’s citizenship programs make most of IBM’s competencies and technologies to support social development in India.
P-TECH India – A Model for Education and Workforce Development
The P-TECH 9-14 School Model demonstrates the power of public-private partnership in providing young people with the skills and industry-recognized credentials necessary to compete in the 21st Century economy. Through the model, students earn both a high school diploma and an industry-recognized, two-year postsecondary degree and are prepared with the skills necessary to continue their education or to be first-in-line for jobs with their school’s industry partner.
The model was launched in 2011, in New York, through a partnership among IBM, the New York City Department of Education and The City University of New York. In the United States, early results have shown that the model helps build a skilled workforce, empowering young people in underserved communities and addressing industry skills gaps. The model is now in 62 schools in the U.S. and Australia, and continues to replicate significantly around the world.
The P-TECH model address the following issues in India:
- Build a skilled workforce in key economic areas
- Strengthen government reforms designed to address school dropouts (Vocationalization of Secondary and Higher Secondary and National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and aligns with the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Adhyayan (RMSA) introducing vocational education from Grade 9
- Demonstrate a working model with multiple progression pathways to build the number of employable youth in India
- Enhance the education endowment.
P-TECH in India can be replicated in India through thoughtful implementation of the core tenets of the model. P-TECH will be initiated in India in 2017-2018 with committed collaboration of government, school, college and industry partners. P-TECH model has significant promise in raising education attainment levels and addressing significant skills gaps to bolster and revitalize regional and national economies.
- Forges partnerships among secondary and higher educational institutions and employers to ensure that education is relevant to local and national markets;
- Integrates secondary and tertiary education and creates an explicit link to careers to keep students motivated to achieve industry-recognized postsecondary credentials; and
- Maximizes the effectiveness of post-secondary education by increasing efficiency, shortening time to meaningful qualifications and increasing the number of students who complete them.
“At IBM, we leverage our thought leadership, technologies and expertise to help our clients and our communities – making a difference to where we live and work. Our CSR focus in 2016-2017 was on supporting the community through service grants, helping build the capacity of NGOs that we are associated with to make a larger or deeper impact. We continue to evolve our approach on corporate citizenship to provide the maximum benefit.”
— Vanitha Narayanan Chairman/IBM India Pvt. Ltd. & Industry Academy Advisory Board Member