IGCSM was registered as a Trust under Indian Trust Act, 1882, on 17th Sep 2008, with its Head office in Delhi. In the same year five training centers were set up, for poor youths in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. With a corpus from trustees and donations from well-wishers, it managed to train about 200 beneficiaries in less than six months. The acceptance from the beneficiaries motivated the team to expand the activities. And to expand the programme, it entered in to partnership with like-minded individuals and organisations, who are referred as Training Partners(TPs)and set up IGCSM centres in different states. To enable a smooth process and ensure quality, it also obtained ISO9001:2008 certification.
In the year 2009-10, 70 centers were made functional in states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and National Capital Region (NCR). The year was remarkable in terms of refining the curriculum, making provision of stationaries as well as certification for the beneficiaries. An online Management Information System(MIS) was also created for efficiently monitoring and managing the training programmes and beneficiaries. A total of 2,500 students completed training during this year.
In the year 2010-11, IGCSM had 200 training partners in eight states of India, now expanding its presence to West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh also . Many new courses were introduced which included certificate programmes, diplomas, advanced diplomas, etc. The year saw more than 8500 students benefitting from the programme. The results beamed the confidence of the team as well as the stakeholders of the programme. The year also saw new affiliations from Vinayaka Mission University for those students who wished to obtain degree and diploma courses through open university programmes. The same year, it also got accreditation from KDK Software, which is a specialized accounting software developed and used by the Rajasthan Government departments. They provided the curriculum, Training Of Trainer (TOT) as well as certification for students trained in the software in IGCSM centres of Rajasthan. This also helped students to find jobs sooner.
The year 2011-12 was notable with more centres coming up in states like Maharashtra, Odisha, Assam, Bihar and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, taking the number of Training Partners to 380 . This year, more than 10,000 beneficiaries obtained training, with more than 75% of the youths finding jobs and rest continuing their higher studies.
The year 2012-13 was significant for IGCSM, as it witnessed more support and affiliations coming its way. The Organization was chosen by The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Delhi Govt., as a lead Vocational Training Provider ( VTP) in Delhi. A vocational training centre was set up where courses in the area of ICT , Soft skills, Banking , Business& Commerce were delivered as per the government programme guidelines . On completion of course, the students were certified by National Council for Vocational Training( NCVT). Under this programme 180 youths were benefitted.
Around the same time, IGCSM, was also awarded a project from Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) . This involved establishment of 24 Self- Help Groups (SHGs) involving 240 women in different parts of the country. The programmes involved promotion of saving habits among women and also training them on microenterprises and helping some of them to start group enterprises. The programme was successful and it continued for 2 years with the specified activities. The groups are still active and continue with their SHG functions.
Also the same year, the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of Delhi, chose the organization to train girls who are school drop outs, in alternate trades so that they can engage in meaningful livelihoods. Under this programme called Sabla scheme, 30 girls each were chosen from 5 Anganwadis of Delhi , and these 150 girls were trained in activities like Cutting, tailoring, garment manufacturing etc. The programme was successfully concluded by IGCSM.
The IT training programmes felt an impetus when IGCSM was successful in ensuring Microsoft certification for students after their specific trainings .The certificates are issued online directly by Microsoft Ltd, after an assessment . The training programme also got affiliation from DOEACC society for three of their courses . These affiliations and certifications enhanced the employability of students immensely. With 500 Training Partners, more than 12,000 students undertook training during this year. The operations extended to Chattisgarh and Gujarat also during this period.
The year 2013-14 witnessed development of the organization with more support and associations. The Ministry of Labour and Employment, impressed with the success of its programme in Delhi, expanded the initiative to 13 new centres in three states which included five centres in Delhi, one in Himachal Pradesh and seven centres in West Bengal. The programme successfully trained 7,000 beneficiaries during this period .
This very year, good words and good work attracted Jharkand Government to IGCSM, which was asked to set up, train and provide placements to youths from slums areas of Jharkand under the National Urban Livelihood Mission, earlier called as Swarnajayanti Shahri Rozgar Yojana. The beneficiaries were trained in four sectors viz, Media and Entertainment, Construction, Travel and Tourism & Retail. More than 920 beneficiaries benefitted from this programme. Due to its success, the programmes was renewed for the following year as well.
The same year, IGCSM was also chosen by the National Skill Development Council under their STAR scheme. Here, 90 students got trained in retail trade in one Delhi centre and one centre in Uttar Pradesh.
Apart from the above, more than 8700 students got trained through regular Training Partners. IGCSM also obtained affiliations from Karnataka State Open University for students who were interested to obtain university degrees through open courses.
In 2014-15, in addition to the regular training programme through Training Partners, the project supported by Jharkand Govt under National Urban Livelihood Mission is continuing. The projects centres supported by Ministry of Labour and Employment are also progressing with their activities. The organization is striving to reach out to more needy people by joining hands and gathering support from the government, corporates, individuals and other organizations.
In a span of six years since its inception, the organization has improved the lives of more than 50,000 people by showing them the direction of empowered lives by meaningful training and education. Through its 500 Training Partners in 15 states, several affiliations and support from different quarters, it is striving to reach more beneficiaries in the coming years.
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