Deshpande Skilling

SkillPlus & SkillPlus-R

Industry-specific programs to transform unemployed rural youth into skilled professionals.


These two skill development programs are designed to bridge the education-employment skill gap through demand-driven, industry-specific programs. This enables to transform unemployed rural youth into skilled intrapreneurs, possessing relevant skills for evolving job roles. The rural youth is trained in real-world scenarios and given hands-on experience in their chosen fields.

Our recent focus has been on better content, scaling, and sustainability with quality. Implementation of an AI tool for assessing student employability has allowed for calibrating the intervention and career counseling for students. Our residential facility is also being utilized as an R&D center. With program trainers moving to colleges in tier II/III towns, the opportunity to scale-up is bigger than ever before.


The programs have helped upgrade the skills of youth from rural Indias and ensured their employment, giving them the first steps in their journey to earning their livelihood.

18776+ students trained
18776+ students trained
95% SkillPlus-R placement ratio
95% SkillPlus-R placement ratio
80% SkillPlus placement ratio
80% SkillPlus placement ratio
₹2.6 lakh (CTC) average salary
₹2.6 lakh (CTC) average salary

Unique Offerings

  • Placement Assistance
  • Cost-effective program
  • Upskilling while still being a college student
  • Personality development
  • Lifetime association with Deshpande Foundation (Alumni)

Focus Area

  • English Communication and Life Skills
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Reasoning and Aptitude
  • Leadership Skills

  • 85% of students come from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families
  • 75% students are from rural areas

Skilling the rural youth to earn jobs in the organized sector and make a difference to their families.