Ajit Singh

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2016


This profile was prepared when Ajit Singh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
In order to increase the quality of skilled youth workforce in India, Ajit Singh believes that it is imperative to introduce transparency and robust monitoring and evaluation systems into the currently existing employment linked skill development programmes . Ajit, through Anant Learning and Development, is introducing the transparency and accountability measures along the entire skill development value chain – between various government agencies and its formal skill training partners, between the training partners and the candidates who underwent training, and between the job seekers and the employers.

Ajit is demonstrating to employer companies that they can increase productivity and reduce attrition by employing those workers that have come through a transparent and accountable skill training and placement system, and by providing the workers social security and a healthy working environment. As employers start demanding employees that have come through Ajit’s ethical skill training and placement platform, this is creating a pull in the sector for the skill training value chain to abide by transparency and accountability measures.

Ajit’s operational systems are built with the combination of a strong field team and simple scalable technology services like call centres, websites and SMS based applications, giving him access and helping him penetrate to the most rural parts of India.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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