Abhishek Kumar

New Delhi



Alternative Futures

Vision Statement

Economic uplift of poor families through their productive inclusion in rapidly growing IT/mobile phone sector in a differentiated/decentralized mode

Project Details

Technological and Economic Empowerment of high school pass youth through Developing Three Skill Imparting Models for Mobile Phone Repairing with respect to three locations (i) City; (ii) Small Town; and (iii) Village Cluster through: 1) Preparation of Training Manual along with detailed inventory required tools and gadgets and repair software and interactive online web-based learning. 2) Working out the mechanisms for arranging subject teachers and instructors for conducting training, providing the support system in terms of access to spare parts and tools. 3) Using this manual and the computer software, to impart training to youth at the three locations. 4) To assess the efficacy of the three models in meeting the mobile phone repair needs at local levels. 5) To disseminate this manual among organisations engaged in skill development among young girls in electronics and telecommunications and information technology fields.

Focus area of project

Livelihood and Enterprise

Stage of your work in poverty eradication

Firmed up the idea and rolled out in a small way

Aims to eradicating poverty

It has been found that substantial decrease in poverty is increasingly linked with people’s inclusion in the IT sector. This sector in a country like India cannot grow unless there is an increase in purchasing power of poor people so that they can buy/have access to IT devices. In fact, there is one-to-one linkage between the two. A rapid growth in the IT sector requires deployment of large sections of youth through their rapid skilling in a decentralized manner both in urban and rural areas.

Current impact of the project

The three skill imparting models for mobile phone repairing will provide adequate skilled human resource for providing repair of these phones in typical cities, small towns and village clusters. When these models are in place, there will be no need for people go to far-off places to get their devices repaired or buying new ones. It has been found that a trained person will be able to earn about Rs 15,000/- to Rs 20,000/-per month.

Proposed impact in future

To seek replicability of this initiative in other parts of the country. We also plan to add training in laptop repair in near future.