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Strengthening its commitment to connecting the futures of work and education, ed-tech startup Harappa announces Bridge Charter 2021: Five Resolutions Towards 2022 and Beyond

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Harappa, a homegrown ed-tech startup and India’s leading online institution for behavioral skilling, today announced Bridge Charter 2021, strengthening Harappa’s commitment to lead the professional learning ecosystem and human capital into a transformative future. This declaration comes following Bridge 2021, a first-of-its-kind virtual forum that Harappa organized last month, that brought together academics and industry leaders to deliberate, discuss and find solutions for India’s talent and employability challenges.

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5 key principles that Harappa has adopted as part of the Bridge Charter include: 

Pledge 1: Forge deeper industry-academia partnerships

We commit to drive sustained, rich and outcome-oriented dialog, and to enable and nurture consistent knowledge exchange among decision-makers from academia and industry, across a wide range of forums and formats. 

Pledge 2: Sponsor and lead rigorous research  

We commit to enriching our understanding of online learning, workplace skills, and higher education by creating a steady stream of high-quality research, both independently, as well as in partnership with key stakeholders from industry and academia 

Pledge 3: Lead the charge on Thrive Skills

We commit to institute a Thrive Skills Index, to gauge the growing importance of cognitive, social, and behavioral skills, as well as to give industry and academia a shared vocabulary on a framework to assess and evaluate students and professionals. 

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Pledge 4: Contribute meaningfully to mental wellness 

We commit to further the evolving conversations in India by building and creating a repository of tools and resources on self-care, including a high-impact, scalable, and pedagogically-rich online course on self-care and mental well-being. 

Pledge 5: Evangelize lifelong learning over lifetime employment 

We commit to create a forum to celebrate and recognize Lifelong Learning Ambassadors to inspire graduates and professionals, across industry and higher education, as well as to shape a positive conversation on the attribute of learning for life. 

Shreyasi Singh, Founder & CEO, Harappa, says, “As a learning institution, we see our role at Harappa to go beyond the online programs and courses we offer. It is our responsibility to imagine and mould a future, and be a force for collective and consistent evolution on key aspects of developing our graduates and professionals. Bridge Charter 2021 is our blueprint for change. These five resolutions-once unlocked-will serve as key milestones leading to realizing our dream of a future-ready and inclusive learning ecosystem, with a focus on cognitive, social, and behavioral skills, benefits of lifelong learning, and a commitment to shaping the talent continuum in India, that brings academia and industry together to solve India’s crucial talent needs and opportunities. “

The Bridge Charter is derived from the rich insights from Harappa’s recently concluded event, Bridge that brought together top academics, education experts, the senior-most talent leaders, and C-suite members from industry to connect the futures of work and education. Key speakers from the event included: Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group; Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner, GSV Ventures; Laxman Narasimhan, Global CEO, Reckitt; Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera; Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group; Neharika Vohra, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University; Christopher Dede, Professor, Learning Technologies, Harvard University; Neela Saldanha, Behavior Scientist & Board Member, Grameen Foundation; Vijay Kumar, Dean, Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Julie Dirksen, E-learning, Instructional Design, Behavior Change Expert & Author; Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore; Sudhir Jain, Director, IIT Gandhinagar and many other prolific names. 

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