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Welcome to oorjja

An Ecosystem for Empowering Differently Abled Community

The importance of education can never be over-emphasized. Organization Development Strategist Praveen Parameswar in his book ‘Thinking Beyond the Paradigms’ debunks the myth of entrepreneurs being college dropouts or lacking in higher education. Steve Jobs of Apple left his college education midway only because he wanted to lessen the burden on his foster parents and support them financially. Bill Gates was spurred on by the Microsoft idea while still at Harvard which forced him to leave his degree unfinished. Not only is Gates today a big champion of education, his organization also pumps in millions of dollars every year towards educational causes worldwide. There are several such stories of achievers to underline the power of education.

Oorjja is a social enterprise started by S.S. Jayasankar, a former mechanical engineer turned banking professional with over two decades of experience in the Indian industry. The organization came to be established as a result of his passion for doing compassionate service to the society; through addressing one of its basic needs namely, right education.

Today’s youth is disoriented regarding education and career. The curricula in most schools and colleges emphasize on imparting generalist knowledge with little importance to the acquisition of practical and vocational special skills. The situation is even more alarming when it comes to the training received by students with special needs. The Oorjja model intends to address this glaring lacuna. We bridge the gap between the needs of the industry and the traditional education system through our well-devised program of empowering students with requisite skills. The program has evolved based on input from seasoned professionals from a cross section of the industry.


Equip students having different abilities with the skills necessary to launch successful careers.


Run focused programs intended to enable differently abled undergraduate students to acquire the skills necessary to gain employment based on merit and not any reservation or sympathy.

The focus being on differently abled students, the objectives of the program are to

  • Impart skills to students
  • Make them industry-ready
  • Equip them to gain jobs purely on merit and not other consideration
  • Embark on long term careers
  • Be successful in their careers.

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