Chapter leaders signed a memorandum of understanding with Naandi Foundation and hosted its maiden startup summit, HATCH 2020, in Thiruvananthapuram in January. Naandi Foundation runs a skilling initiative in Kerala through Mahindra Pride Classroom (MPC), which is a community-focused livelihood program of the Mahindra & Mahindra Group. It provides employability skills training to students from less privileged backgrounds with no cost involved for either corporations or students. MPC has collaborations with engineering colleges, hospitality institutes, polytechnics, technical training institutes, as well as arts and science colleges. It imparts soft skills, life skills, domain skills, and employer-specific skills.

Naandi Foundation and PMI Kerala Chapter collaboratively organized “Job Utsav”, a career fair for engineering colleges in Kerala on 6 March. The chapter held technical awareness sessions and brought students in touch with IT companies that are interested in recruiting fresh engineering graduates and the employability skills training by MPC.

A total of 578 students from over 10 engineering colleges attended Job Utsav and 433 took the aptitude and technical test. Seventy students were selected for skills training.

At the end of the two-day event, a total of 64 students completed the soft skills-related employability training and technical awareness sessions, followed by a mock interview assessment. From the seven companies that participated in Job Utsav, there were 51 job opportunities up for grabs, with 23 candidates receiving confirmed offer letters and 28 students moving to the next round of selection.