An Engineering degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Calcutta and 16 years of work in the corporate sector in the sales and marketing space did not come in the way of Raj Iyer’s pet peeve – to help poor youth catch fish. It started with anchoring the Livelihood Advancement Business School – LABS of Dr Reddy’s Foundation and continued with his stewardship of the Mahindra Pride Schools (MPS) at Naandi.
Iyer currently heads the Mahindra Pride Schools initiative at Naandi. Six years into the program, the Mahindra Pride Schools have 5 chapters across the country – Pune, Chennai, Patna, Chandigarh and Srinagar. Over 6000 socially and economically disadvantaged young men and women who underwent free training for 3 months have been placed in McDonalds, Cafe Coffee Day, Lifestyle, Mahindra Mom & Me, TCS, Dell, Cognizant, Wipro, WNS and other top notch organisations with starting salaries averaging Rs 10,000/- a month.
Vice President and Director
Mahindra Pride Schools