Sona Group, which was founded by the visionary leader, Karumuthu Thiagaraja Chettiar, has in its fold Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Sona College of Technology, Sona College of Arts and Science, Vee Technology, Sri Valliappa Mills CSRI, etc
Since its foundation in 1920, the Sona Group has been contributing towards India’s growth in significant areas like education, agriculture, textile, banking, construction and Information Technology.
In the context of India’s movement towards Abdul Kalam’s vision India 2020, skill development programmes have been on since 2009 with the establishment of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) which is now under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneur ship, government of India.
Established in 2013, by Mr. Chocko Valliappa the great grandson of Karumuthu Thiagarajar, Sona Yukti is a unit of Sona Group which has a 100 year old legacy and history. Mr. Chocko’s meeting with NSDC Chairman laid the inspirational foundation for the launching of Sona Yukti to provide Indian youth with a world class short term skill development.
With an imperative presence in India in more than eight states, Sona Yukti has conducted International programmes in Bhutan and in other neighbouring countries. Through government organised programmes alone, Sona Yukti has trained more than 4000 and under NSDC fees based programmes it has trained more than 21,000 students. Presently, 7000 students have registered for the programme. All the programmes including footwear design and manufacture, chef training, computer hardware and maintenance, etc were well taken with appreciation.
In association with NTPC, Sona Yukti trains students in several districts as part of its CSR activities. It offers a residential programme called Surya Mitra Partnering with NISE for Solar Job Roles. Saubhagya is another scheme where a few thousand candidates will get trained to create electricity facilities in the states of Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
An internship and on-the-job training programme, the Indo-Japan Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) is a landmark initiative which sends India’s youth to Japan for a period of 3-5 years. After the tenure, the trained force will return with assured placement opportunities in India. Sona Yukti acts as a consortium partner with Sona College of Technology as an empanelled sending organisation selected by the NSDC.
The TITP is a significant move towards skill enhancement for empowering youth for employment, greater social mobility and economic advancements.
As India has been emerging as a global economic grant since the dawn of the 21st century, the country is becoming a preferred destination for talent, tourism, technology, trade and tradition. More importantly, Indian workers possess the required skills and competencies in the Japanese market.