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2013 – 14

Shyamchi Aai Foundation (SAF) was formed. A small team began providing career assessments and counselling to 2,000 students in PMC schools.

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2014 – 15

We experimented with various small-scale projects, including supporting and mentoring students in Project Sanjeevani. SAF realized that Career Guidance was a missing link in secondary education.

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2015 – 16

Around 50 years ago, Maharashtra recognized the need for career guidance and the government started a one-year diploma to train teachers in vocational guidance. Since then 30 teachers have been certified every year.
Govt. of Maharashtra realized that only 2% of grade 10 students had access to career guidance. They invited NGOs to partner with them to scale the Kal Chachani project.
Then Hon. Minister of Education, Govt. of Maharshtra Shri. Vinod Tawde, in a review meeting with various stakeholders. including SAF

March 2014

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We partnered with the Govt. of Maharashtra on the Kal Chachani project and provided a technical helpline to counsel students after they received their 5-field Interest Test Result.

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We also developed the first version of the Career Mitra website for the state.

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2016 – 17

Realizing that the Interest Test did not cover all higher educational options, we decided to work on a new psychometric test. An indigenous psychometric 7-field Interest test was developed, piloted and standardized with the help of Department of Psychology, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

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The new 7-field Interest Test was administered across Maharashtra to over 16 lakh students for the first time on a computer-based software.

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We released an enhanced version of the Maha Career Mitra website and developed a mobile app. Students can check their reports online, learn more about interest fields and search for courses and institutes as per their interest and district.

Launch of Career Mitra mobile app at the hands of then Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis and then Hon. Education Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Vinod Tawde

March 2018

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SAF applied design thinking principles and created the Career Magic Framework that defines what a “career” means today.

 

The Career Magic Framework was developed, becoming the base for designing other projects.

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2017 – 18

A 4-field aptitude test was developed, piloted and standardised in partnership with Dept. of Psychology, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

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SAF began developing a mobile app for conducting Interest and Aptitude tests.

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Sheetal Bapat presenting at the MHRD conference

 

Kal Chachani was recognized as a best practice project in Maharashtra by MHRD and was personally appreciated by then Hon. Minister of HRD Shri. Prakash Jawdekar and then Hon. Secretary School Education and Literacy, MHRD Shri. Anil Swarup.

March 2014

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Career Mitra expanded to MP and Gujarat where tests were conducted on the mobile app for the first time. Along with this, the project also expanded to Goa and Rajasthan on a pilot basis.

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SAF researched, piloted and developed a life skills and career guidance curriculum which was then adopted by Balbharti as ‘Self-Development and Art Appreciation’ subject for grade 9.

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SAF and MSCERT launched Level 1 of Avirata for 41,607 secondary school teachers to equip them with counselling skills and enable them to handle adolescent issues.

March 2018

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Throughout the years, Project Sanjeevani mentored and supported over 300 students post Grade 10.

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The mobile-based app was a quick and efficient way to conduct the test.

2018 – 19

SAF conducted both Interest and Aptitude test on mobile phones in Maharashtra for the first time. Over 16 lakh students took the test with the help of 9.75 lakh+ mobile phones.

March 2018

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SAF and MSCERT launched Level 2 of Avirata where teachers learned about the changes in the role of teachers and psychological theories like Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).

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The certificate teachers received after completion of Level 1 of Avirata.

 

MSCERT certified teachers who completed Level 1 of Project Avirata as ‘Career Vidnya’ (Career Master) and announced ‘Career Diploma’ certification after completion of Level 4.

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Based on feedback received on grade 9 textbooks, SAF developed life skills and career guidance curriculum for grade 10. This is also now a compulsory, graded subject in all state board schools in Maharashtra.

March 2018

2019-20

2019-20

SAF launched Level 3 of Project Avirata which dives deeper into previous learnings along with serious issues like mental health in teenagers.

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