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Hero Vired Launches Scholarship Initiative For Women Learners

The initiative #EmpowerHer is aimed at providing special benefits to women learners, ahead of International Women's Day

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Hero Vired, a learntech start-up by the Hero Group, has announced the launch of its special scholarship initiative- #EmpowerHer, aimed at providing special benefits to women learners, ahead of International Women's Day. Throughout March, Hero Vired will be offering a 25 per cent scholarship to women learners across all programmes. The initiative underscores commitment to fostering gender equality and promoting equal opportunities for women in education and in the workforce.

These scholarships will be applicable for programme batches starting in the months of March and April 2024. The scholarship will be applicable across all courses & programmes ranging from its Product Management and Data Analytics programmes to Extended Reality (AR +VR) and its Gaming & E-sports programmes. On completion of the course, learners will receive a digital scholarship certificate, in addition to the programme completion certificate.

Hero Vired witnessed a remarkable jump in women participation across its cohorts, growing from 5 per cent in 2021 to ~20 per cent in its recent batches. With this initiative, it aims to further strengthen this ratio, especially in its Tech & Future Tech programme, fostering diversity and inclusion.

Despite comprising 36 per cent of India's tech workforce, women face a significant drop in representation as they ascend the corporate ladder, as per data from Nasscom. As per Skillsoft 2023’s IT Skills and Salary report, among technology professionals with at least 26 years of experience- 15 per cent of men hold executive-level positions compared to only 4 per cent of women in similar positions. Hero Vired’s #EmpowerHer scholarship aims to address this concerning gender gap in leadership roles, and foster career growth for women to help them break through these barriers.

Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Akshay Munjal, Founder and CEO, Hero Vired said, "By launching this special scholarship initiative for women learners, we aim to break down barriers and create a more inclusive learning environment while celebrating and empowering women. We are catalyzing positive change and building a more balanced workforce of the future. Our diverse course offerings across various domains ensure that women can choose a path that aligns with their interests and career goals."

Over the past year, there has been a steady increase in women's participation in the workforce. The 2022-23 Periodic Labour Force Survey, released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on 9 October 2023, revealed a significant 4.2 percentage point increase in the Female Labour Force Participation Rate, reaching 37 per cent in 2023. This trend aligns with the rising demand for upskilling programmes, enabling women to transition into new career trajectories and seize enhanced job opportunities. Through this initiative, Hero Vired seeks to support women at all stages of their careers, from entry-level professionals to aspiring leaders, and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.


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