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Saarthak Educational Trust - helping thousands of disabled find jobs

Dr Jitender Aggarwal, a dentist, became blind in 2004 due to macular degeneration. After losing his sight, he realized the difficulties faced by the disabled in terms of opportunities.

He got trained to use screen readers, which are software programs that allow the blind to read text on computer screens. He then started a centre in Delhi called Saarthak Educational Trust where the disabled get trained to find good jobs.

Today his services are available in 21 states with six centres throughout India.

Saarthak has successfully placed 7,250 persons with disabilities in various fields across retail, BPOs, IT and hospitality, through all its centers in Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Mumbai and Lucknow.

Its Mumbai centre also trains over 80 students with various disabilities belonging to Below Poverty Line and middle-class families from around Mumbai, without charging them a rupee. The employability training program lasts for three months.

In the last 15 days of training, students are taught about the do's and don't's at their place of work and counselled. Saarthak has over 300 hiring partners across India, and the centres line up interviews for students. Once they get selected and start working, a rigorous six-month follow-up is maintained.

To contact Saarthak Educational Trust, click here - http://www.sarthakindia.org.

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