Mahindra to Skill 500 Women to Become Drone Pilots; Inks MoU With Ministry​

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a leading farm equipment company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to launch the Drone Didi Yojana. This initiative aims to train 15,000 women to operate drones for agricultural purposes, such as fertilizer sowing, crop monitoring, and seed sowing.

The program will conduct two pilot projects at the National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) in Hyderabad and Noida. These pilots are designed to skill 500 women in exclusive batches of 20, with a 15-day curriculum approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The training will be delivered by Remote Pilot Training Organisation (RPTO) instructors.

Within this partnership, the NSTIs will provide infrastructure for running the training programme, hostel for participants and tap into local Women Self Help Groups and NGOs to mobilise participation. Mahindra Group will provide initial set-up support through simulation machinery/drones, simulator controller, simulator software, Desktop computer with i5 Processor and trainers, and meet the operating costs for the duration of the Pilot project, including the cost of DGCA License Holder Instructors at the centres.

As a further support to the intent of the Drone Didi Yojana, Mahindra will soon roll out Drone training for women at the company’s skilling centres at Zaheerabad, Telangana and Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Anish Shah, Group CEO & MD, Mahindra Group said, “Aligned with our Rise philosophy, the Mahindra Group is committed to empowering the women with the skills necessary to join the workforce and achieve financial independence. The pilot under the Drone Didi Yojana represents a first-of-its-kind convergence of women, farming, and technology. We are absolutely delighted to provide technology training to grassroots women and ensure that agriculture is equipped for the future.”

Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE, said, “We are excited to announce our partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., leveraging their agricultural expertise for comprehensive training. Two NSTIs in Hyderabad and Noida have been chosen for the pilot program, with the goal of empowering rural women in agriculture. This collaboration advances our mission of upskilling women for nation-building, particularly through the successful implementation of the Drone Didi program in empowering women in emerging trades. I firmly believe that this collaboration with Mahindra will advance our vision, equipping women with the skills needed to contribute to nation-building. Building on our past successful collaborations with leading technology industry partners, this initiative represents the beginning of many collaborative projects with Mahindra. Through rigorous training methodologies and hands-on learning experiences, we will equip our students with the practical skills and competencies required to excel in their chosen fields and make meaningful contributions to the nation’s socio-economic growth.”

This partnership represents a unique convergence of women, farming, and technology, and is aligned with Mahindra’s Rise philosophy, which is committed to empowering women to join the workforce and achieve financial independence. The initiative also supports MSDE’s mission of upskilling women for nation-building, particularly through the successful implementation of the Drone Didi program in empowering women in emerging trades.

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