National Education Foundation Program in India
Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam greeting
“You are helping to empower tomorrow’s leaders. I salute you for your ongoing commitment.” – USA President Bill Clinton
INDIA’s STEM VISION:
Help make India the Global leader in providing 21st Century STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business, Soft skills) workforce by 2025 via MISE (Million Indians STEM Education) program.
Dr. Appu Kuttan
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Dr. Kuttan has been an advisor to many national and world leaders, including three US Administrations — Clinton, Bush and Obama, U.S. Congressional leaders, Indian Prime Ministers (in helping to make India a global IT power in the 1980s, and in helping to make India the leader in 21st century skilled workforce now) and Mauritius Prime Minister (on transforming Mauritius into an IT-focused nation). He is also the author of many innovative concepts such as MBS (Management By Systems), CyberLearning, Total Tennis, Win-Win-Win, Happy Executive, Holistic Executive, Kuttan Preschool (Mind-Body-Soul Life Style Development), and acclaimed books such as “From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity,” and Happy Executive – Nurturing Mind, Body and Soul. He is a Philanthropist who donated most of his personal funds from the sale of the World-famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to the National Education Foundation (NEF). Described as a “Dedicated Difference Maker,” he has won several awards including the 2006 Global Digital Literacy Champion, and the 2011 University of Wisconsin Distinguished Achievement Award. He has been a mentor to many people, including world tennis champions Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and U.S. Presidential Honoree Roger Kuttan.
Prof. Anthony Betrus
STEM+ ACADEMY DIRECTOR AT NEF SUNY CENTER
Prof. Tony Betrus, a national expert in digital education system, is a professor of Educational Technology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. With funding support provided by NEF to SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Betrus, Tony and his team implement the NEF CyberLearning STEM+ Academy Total Solution programs in the Nation’s schools. Tony and his team, guided by NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan, developed IT and Business courses that have been successfully completed by several thousand students worldwide since 2012. He and his team at SUNY also provide course completion certificates.
Prof. M.B. Gururaj
NEF VICE-PRESIDENT & NEF INDIA PRESIDENT
Prof. Gururaj is a well-known expert in STEM and 21st century skills education, especially blended learning, elearning and personalized learning, He specializes in implementing cost-effective world-class education system solutions in IT, business, desktop, management, soft skills and digital literacy in schools and colleges as well as public and private sector organizations. As an active member of the USIBC (US India Business Council), Rotary International and Governing Councils of various Educational Institutions in India, Prof. Gururaj has unique expertise in developing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs in education and training for entities in India and US.
Dr. Todd Ullah
VICE-PRESIDENT FOR STEM EDUCATION
Dr. Ullah holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. He is the winner of the 2014 CSTA Administrator of the Year Award, and has wide-ranging experiences in STEM education and marketing. As the former Director of Instructional Technology Applications and STEM for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he oversaw all educational technology programs, including district, state, and federal grants, and all STEM and Computer Science programs including curriculum, professional development, technology, STEM facilities development, and STEM grants for LAUSD. He served as Principal at George Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles where achievement increased for five straight years. Dr. Ullah helped implement the first charter schools in Los Angeles. Until recently, Dr. Ullah worked as the General Manager for California and Hawaii for Pearson Education.
MISE (Million Indians STEM Education) program
India is blessed with a unique advantage over other countries, namely, the Demographic Dividend! The Indian employers need millions of qualified STEM+ employees. Industry estimates indicate that only a quarter of all college graduates are employable. It is hard to believe that a country, where half of the population is under age 25, is facing a skilled STEM labor shortage! Indian employers find it time-consuming and expensive to first select suitable employees and then up-skill them for jobs.
The MISE project offers high-quality, affordable STEM+ Skills online training to prospective employees nationally in high-demand IT and Soft Skills certification programs, giving everyone in India an equal opportunity to get good IT and Soft Skills jobs, and help India to maintain its status as a global IT leader – the twin missions of this visionary project.
NEF founder Dr. Appu Kuttan is an internationally-renowned expert in improving national socio-economic programs using his proprietary Management By Systems (MBS), Happy and Holistic Executive practices and empowerment through digital education. He is the ‘father of Cyberlearning’ (coined the word) and founder of the nonprofit National Education Foundation (NEF), the U.S. and global nonprofit leader in bridging the digital, academic and employment divides.
In the early 80’s, he advised former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in developing India’s vision to become an IT power.
In the mid and late 80’s, as the owner and Chairman of the World-famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, he created the ‘Total Tennis’ system, and helped to develop three World tennis champions – Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Jim Courier.
In 1989, he founded NEF in Washington, D.C Metro Area, USA. In 1993, NEF became operational with the encouragement of President Bill Clinton and Intel Chairman Dr. Gordon Moore, with funds donated by Dr. Kuttan from the proceeds of the tennis academy sale to IMG, the multi-billion dollar sports management global leader. NEF set a goal of training millions of disadvantaged students and adults in IT and business skills via digital education. Having achieved that vision in the U.S. and other countries including training tens of thousands of Mauritians in digital literacy through Mauritius Prime Minister’s Universal ICT Initiative. Dr. Kuttan launched this MISE project to fulfill a promise he made to former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi years ago — coming back to India to train a million Indians and providing them high quality educational opportunities leading to jobs!
HOW DOES THE MISE PROGRAM WORK?
1. Partnership with corporations/other entities in India and U.S: NEF will provide complimentary IDs giving access to all its 5,500+ top quality online Web-based IT/Business courses (used by global leaders such as Wipro and Lockheed Martin) to corporations/other entities in India and U.S., followed by proposals for providing online/blended learning (online +classroom) training for their employees at about 30-70% savings in their training costs. NEF would then agree to sponsor an equal number of college students/graduates in an Indian college/locality of interest to them by giving scholarships in their name at a cost of Rs. 1,250 or US $25 per contest participant, paid by NEF. Thus, the sponsors save 30-70% of their training costs, and receive 100% PR and publicity in India at no cost.
2. NEF Grant:
NEF’s current grant total for the MISE project amounts to Rs. 500 crores or US $100 million. NEF hopes to raise Rs. 125 crores or US $25 million by providing training to companies/other entities as described above.
This way, NEF can fund the whole MISE project without asking for donations or grants from corporations, governments or other entities.
3. Placement Assistance will be provided through reputed consultants/job portals or through participating employers.
4. Students will study the course materials, use exam prep materials at the MISE centers at participating colleges/training centers and take the exams at the authorized test centers at their convenience.
5. The MISE website’s database of certified participants in MOS and ADA will provide real time updates on participants, their scores and ranking by locations. With the permission of the participants, this information will be provided to prospective employers.
- 50-70% saving in training cost
- Fulfillment of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at no cost
- Enormous positive PR and publicity in their area in interest in India at no cost
- Enormous national and global positive PR and publicity at no cost
- Better employment opportunities for their students
- Improved reputation
- Equal opportunity to get training, certification and possible job placement assistance at no fee
- Preparing and providing equal employment opportunities for a million Indians, especially women, minorities and other disadvantaged segments of the population
- Helping to keep India at the top of the highly competitive global IT arena
- Improve the living standard for a million Indians, their families and communities
- Helping to develop a most cost-effective model for reducing global terrorism by training and providing job opportunities for educated unemployed youngsters, thus preventing them from becoming terrorist thinkers and leaders
The differentiators of this MISE Initiative are:
- Holistic systems-based total solution (training-certification-employment assistance)
- High-quality cost-effective program
- Universally recognized certifications
- Leveling the playing field for all (bridging the divides)
- National focus
- An exemplary model of a US-India public-private sector partnership
- Win-Win-Win-Win concept: employers win by saving training, certification and recruitment costs while earning positive PR and publicity at no cost; NEF wins by meeting its mission of bridging divides, empowering people and making a difference in the lives of a million persons; communities and India win by improving the living standards; and most importantly a million people and their families win with a higher quality life.
Moreover, this is a replicable model applicable to other IT and non-IT (for example Project Management) certifications and most-in-demand jobs in India.
For more information on the India initiative: Call 703-823-9999 (USA) 408-364-6234 (India) email@example.com