Nasscom encourages techies to work for NGOs

Nasscom encourages techies to work for NGOs

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 April 2009, 03:37 Hrs   |    19 Comments
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Nasscom encourages techies to work for NGOs
Bangalore: At a time when job insecurity is at its peak, IT body Nasscom has introduced schemes, to lure the techies towards voluntary works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It has launched a 'volunteer' program to help IT/BPO employees who are interested in doing voluntary work find the right fit.

Nasscom is currently in the process of designing a comprehensive portal that will feature voluntary activities at IT companies and NGOs, so that 2.5 million knowledge workers will have a single-point access to various voluntary schemes/projects happening across the country. "To start with, we expect at least 10 percent of tech workers to evince interest in some kind of voluntary activities," Nasscom Foundation, CEO, Rufina Fernandes told The Times of India.

"Based on a dip stick study we conducted among tech/BPO workers in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad we have realized that there is need for a common platform that can assist employees make a decision on what kind of voluntary activities they can take up," Ruina said. The basic objective is to further the impact of social development through employee volunteerism. Employees can log in to this portal, search and sign up for volunteering opportunities. Nasscom has already roped in 75 NGOs across 13 states in the country while many more are expected to be part of the program.

IT/BPO companies can also post their volunteering needs on the portal, which will be officially lunched in July. It was Infosys that pioneered the trend a quarter ago saying it would let 50 of its employees to go on a one-year sabbatical to work with NGOs, governments or trade bodies that work in education or healthcare spaces. During this period employees will be paid 50 percent of their salaries. But, as of now the scheme has attracted less than 10 Infocians.

A fortnight ago, Wipro too came out with a similar sabbatical plan.Industry experts believe it would be a good idea for employees (upto 3 years of experience) to explore such voluntary options as working on community/social projects with NGOs would help build impressive CVs, before applying for higher studies at universities abroad. Ivy League and equivalent institutions look for well-rounded CVs that portray the applicant as a socially relevant individual, who can contribute to society.

However, working with NGOs and getting involved in social/developmental projects requires a different call. "It's no pastime, its a 24-hour job. It demands intense involvement and in depth commitment and one year could be a very short period to make a difference to any individual in this field," said Dileep Ranjekar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation.

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1: I am exited to know about the initative, we must share our knowledge and skill.
Posted by:Er V P Singh - 10 May, 2009
2: Its an execellent opportunity with world class entities coming forward for social development works and could be helping local NGOs to strengthen in their endeavour.
Let the think thank decide first, there are already identified areas for such works. I have been vlountarily supporting this endeavour for quite some time and given such opportunity wiould take this up for broad basing the same purely on my voluntary contribution. Of course vol. organizaitons need financial support.
Thanks , Pramod Mob: 09810308476 for Lilawati Narayan Trust for Social Development
Posted by:Pramod Kr Sinha - 01 May, 2009
Dear Pramod,
I am happy to learn of this initiative.
Our NGO: Parivar Seva Sanstha works in the area of Reproductive Health nationallly. We have 34 clinics where we offer walk in services for family planning operatons, safe abortions,management of sexually transmitted infections. We need help in computerizing our services. could you help us?

Sudha Tewari
President, Parivar Seva: Phone: 011-243330004, email:
Sudha Tewari Replied to: Pramod Kr Sinha - 06 May, 2009
4: The initiative by Infosys is very appreciable.. but again is it motivating the Infocians..If ppl are only motivated in this programme just to add spice to their CV's, then they need to be mentored/corrected.. Doing Social work and Service to the poor and needy is also a social responsibilty of a responsible citizen/Human Being.. this is wat I personally feel...and as Rohit says this will definetly provide an oppurtunity for an all round development of an individual...
Posted by:Joe - 30 Apr, 2009
5: I think this will provide a good opportunity for all round development of a person, and also help one bulid a good cv if he/she is looking for MBA from some good institute outside India. I am looking forward to this opportunity to do some social work as well as my personal development.
Posted by:rohit shrivastwa - 30 Apr, 2009
6: Where are these NGO's are going to work
Posted by:Meenakshi - 30 Apr, 2009
Hey Meenakshi..generally NGOs work in rural areas n can approach any of the NGOs..I don't know where are u from ..but I can suggest u a good NGO whic is extensively working on Girl Education in India with Collabartaion with Mahindra's is called NAANDI Foundation in Hyderabad..for further details u can check their website.There are few other orgs..I can send u if u need.
Ajay Mohanty Replied to: Meenakshi - 02 May, 2009
There are many NGO's working for homeless people and disabled in which area you want..
deepu Replied to: Meenakshi - 30 Apr, 2009
9: The proposal of the Nasscom is very commendable. It is time of every teche, especially at this time of recession, to interact with the Society and take up the Social responsibility with NGOs not only in their work place, but also in the placesof convenience. This act of voluntary work will definetely give utmost satisfaction among the techies, and it will be a fitting process for countries development.
Posted by:Suri Babu Komakula - 30 Apr, 2009
10: I always invite this type of ideas.Now IT/BPO employees can contribute towards society which the live in through this program of NASSCOM.Some more info like website or contact details are needed to move to the next step.

Bijay Panda.
Posted by:Bijay Panda - 30 Apr, 2009
11: The article is incomplete without giving any website or contact information to facilitate anyone to take the next step. I didnt find any info in nasscom website also. Hope someone writes what-one-has-to-do-next thing.
Posted by:Prasad SriDutta - 30 Apr, 2009
12: I have always waited for such an opportunity wherein i can contribute to the society. This would help society to emerge more on technology front. Hope this idea clicks thru soon...

Waiting eagerly for it.

Tech On ...

Mehul Bhadricha
Posted by:Mehul Bhadricha - 30 Apr, 2009
13: Where are these NGO's are going to work. which all locations
Posted by:Meenakshi - 30 Apr, 2009
14: It is an interesting move by Nasscom. The areas of services are not defined yet. I think the first step may be to educate and train more people in computer literacy. To start with beginer's course, medium level applicaton courses etc. so that the students may get earning benefits from this type of program.
Posted by:p.k. mazumder - 30 Apr, 2009
15: Really it is nice to see that there is a chance for IT/BPO workers to work for NGO.
We being non IT ?BPO workers, who would like to do coluntary work for NGO, want guidance to contact NGO's who would like to have service of people like us.
Posted by:sudha - 29 Apr, 2009
16: this is a great move by nasscom, even private sector came up with a nice idea of serving our nation/society, our govt. should make it compulsory for every employees.

thanks to recession.!
Posted by:prasad - 29 Apr, 2009
17: Can some one list out the contact detail of NGOs where Techie can work ?
Posted by:Ritesh - 29 Apr, 2009
18: thats a great idea of helping the society in which you live.
Its time to invest something into what from you expect a lot.

Posted by:avinash - 29 Apr, 2009
19: the techies will definitely, be interested in it. its a good way to show some care for the society you live in.
Posted by:nisar - 29 Apr, 2009