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With half of its population under the age of 26, and an estimated 5 million youth graduating from college every year, India has an opportunity to mobilize the largest workforce in the world in a few years. However, the potential of a country’s youth can only be harnessed with planned development. A rising number of Indian urban youth are pursuing higher education despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, increasing their potential to join the formal workforce and facilitating better income prospects for their families and communities. However, inadequate family support and deficient college infrastructure render the students incapable of obtaining and succeeding in corporate jobs. Female graduates face even more obstacles on the familial, institutional, and systemic level, with an unemployment rate that is three times higher than male graduates.

To address this issue, TNS India Foundation launched a Youth Employability initiative in 2015 — the Campus to Corporate Careers (C2C) Program — which operates across urban hubs in partnership with various private donors committed to the cause of youth employability and skills development. The C2C program empowers youth by equipping them with relevant skills through hands-on training, interactive activities, industry visits, career counseling, and linking youth to corporates in the formal sector. The initiative embeds itself into the ecosystem of existing education providers and works to create system-level changes from the ground up, in order to facilitate better income prospects and respectable livelihoods for youth living in urban areas.

The C2C program branches into two learning pathways: Campus to Digital Careers (21st-century work skills) and Campus to Technical Careers (technical skills training). As part of the Campus to Digital Careers program, we train students in soft skills and enhance data literacy, allowing them to easily transition into formal sector jobs and put this knowledge to practical use. The Campus to Technical Careers (C2TC) program was launched in 2019 as an extension to the C2C program, where students are trained in industry-relevant technical and soft skills to help them secure careers in the IT/ITeS industry.

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Shaminder Kour

Senior Curriculum Manager

Shaminder is leading the curriculum department at TNSIF. She is spearheading the e-Learning component of the Future Skills Program which is aimed at empowering underprivileged youth towards gainful employment. At TNS, she is tasked with outlining the curriculum, creating learning outcomes, and designing content and media strategy for learning programs. She has over 18 years of experience in training, learning and development, and eLearning. She is an ex-Byjus and an ex-IBMer.

Reshma Bhatkar

Finance Controller

Reshma is responsible for TNS India Foundation financial and grants management. She also looks after secretarial and audit matters. She has over 22 years of experience in NGO sectors, with nine years of senior management experience in development organizations. Prior to TNS India Foundation, Reshma headed Finance and Operations at Educo (Spain Donor Agency) and has worked with organizations like Catholic Relief Services (US Donor Agency) and the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth as Grants Manager. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Wellingkar’s Institute of Management Studies and MBA-Finance from Pondicherry University.

Rupa Bohra

Managing Director


Rupa currently serves as the Managing Director at TNS India Foundation, a non-profit development organization headquartered in Mumbai, India that works towards economic transformation of the country.In her leadership role, Rupa is responsible for TNS India Foundation’s  overall progress towards its mission. Rupa has provided strategic guidance and design and implementation leadership to high-value programs aimed at  unlocking the economic potential of India’s most vulnerable. Under her diligence, the team has grown to 150 across seven locations. Rupa has built and grown partnerships with corporates such as Accenture, Capgemini, HDFC Bank, HDB Financial, Moody’s, IDFC Asset Management Company, Lenovo, Motorola, and foundations such as the BlackRock Foundation, Lenovo Foundation, Reliance Foundation and Pernod Ricard India Foundation. Rupa is well-connected within the development sector and frequently represents TNS India Foundation’s interest in economic transformation with this community.Rupa has over 21 years of experience across the financial services, technology, banking and development sectors, and has managed multi-locations across India and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to TNS India Foundation, Rupa headed corporate partnerships at Magic Bus India Foundation. She has also headed leadership positions at organizations such as JP Morgan, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, etc.

Padma Parthasarathy

Senior Vice President,
Tech Mahindra

Padma Parthasarathy is a Senior Vice President at Tech Mahindra where she has led the growth of digital business. She is currently engaged in initiatives related to Sustainability and Social Change, assisting Mahindra University in setting up centers of excellence in these areas.She has also led the global consulting team at Tech Mahindra, which is engaged in business consulting, and digital transformation services. She’s been featured on Forbes India’s W-Power 2020 list of self-made women leaders and in the list of Top 75 Women in STEAM by the Government of India in 2022.

Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan

Founder and CEO, Peoplescape

Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan is the CEO and Founder of Peoplscape, an Executive Coaching and HR Consulting company. She is an alumni of The School of Coaching, London where she was trained by Myles Downey, one of the world’s leading practitioners and thinkers in business coaching and is the author of the international bestselling Modern Effective Coaching also the founder of School of Coaching. Human resources strategy, change management and leadership training are some of the areas of expertise.

She has 11 years of leadership experience at Merrill Lynch as Director and Head of Human Resources under her belt . With years of expertise also comes a sheer passion to empower growth by molding leadership curves of senior executives from across the industries.

Pramod Singh

Head-Legal and Compliance, DSP Investment

Pramod Singh is a legal and compliance professional with 4 decades. A qualified lawyer who worked at SEBI as Deputy General Counsel, he was instrumental in framing regulations for various intermediaries. He has spent considerable amount time at large MNCs- Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, and has handled compliance for not just India but also South Asia. Currently, he works with DSP investments and is in charge of the legal and compliance matters for the Family Office of Mr. Hemendra Kothari.

Geetanjali Jha Chakraborty

President, Apnalaya

Geetanjali comes with solid experience in the development sector. She has spent close to 15 years in the dev sector and has held leadership and CEO level roles in Concern India Foundation, CHILDLINE India Foundation, and ARMMAN, and is currently on the boards of Foundation for Mother and Child Health and Vihaan. She is also the President of Apnalaya. And is on Global advisory board of Tech Care for All. She is passionate about child protection, urban inequality, and mental health. Geetanjali has a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Human Rights and Criminal Law.

Kartik Kini

Chief Operating Officer, Waterfield Advisory

Kartik Kini is a Certified Chartered Accountant by profession, currently working as a Chief Operating Officer with Waterfield Advisors. In his current role, he has been instrumental in driving business strategy and organizational growth. He has played in key role in setting up all the core functions –HR, Brand Management & Marketing and has driven digital transformation for the firm. Apart from his existing role, in a career spanning 25 years, Kartik has worked in leadership roles in organizations like- Avendus Capital, Deutsche Bank .

Charulata Sippy

Financial Services

Charulata Sippy is an Independent Director on the board of BofA Securities India Ltd. In her role as an independent director, she is also a member of the company’s Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSR). Prior to her role as Independent Director, Charulata has spent 21 years in BFSI sector. She was also appointed the India Representative for the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in 2007 and was on the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council in Bank of America Group companies.

Hitungshu Debnath

Director and COO, Karvy Capital

Hitungshu is a working professional in the BFSI segment with over 2.5 decades of experience. He is a Cheveing Scholar from London School of economics and CFP from Financial Planning Board of India. He also holds a Masters degree in Marketing management. He has been associated with major brands, in senior management positions, like HDFC AMC, TATA MF,Motilal Oswal, Angel Broking, Arthayantra to name a few. Currently, he is a part of a new management team in Karvy Group which has taken over post the debacle and is the Director & COO for Karvy Capital. An alternate asset manager. Hitangshu is also passionate about CSR, and has a Masters in CSR and Ethical Management from the University of Applied Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Post which he ventured out to do a start up in CSR consulting along with his mentor and Chairman of ISO 26000 Mr. Martin Neurieter in Europe.