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Saturday, January 23, 2010

235 NGO participants know to use IT effectively in their work

With the completion of the Mumbai workshop on Jan 21, the ConnectIT series of 6 workshops for Maharashtra concluded. 235 participants from 157 NGOs attended IT training workshops organised by NASSCOM Foundation under the ConnectIT series. NGOs took advantage of these 4-day training workshops held in Pune, Nagpur, Sangli and Mumbai between Nov 2009 and Jan 2010. In the workshops held in a lab format, participants picked tips and tricks to use MS Office more effectively in their day to day operations. Sessions on the use of social media, moviemaking and presentations were a favourite with NGOs. GuideStar India reached out to more than 1700 NGOs across Maharashtra inviting them to take advantage of the free IT training workshops.

The next set of 6 workshops will be held in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur from mid March onwards. The last set of 6 workshops in the series will be held in Orissa in 2010-11. NGOs are encouraged to register with GuideStar India for these workshops and take advantage of the IT training. For registrations, send an email to Do watch this space for more specific announcements regarding workshop dates.

We thank and Firstsource for helping us reach out to NGOs.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Register for FREE IT training workshop in Mumbai (Jan 18-21), limited seats

To NGOs in Maharashtra:
After 5 ConnectIT Workshops in Pune, Nagpur & Sangli, GuideStar India ( is happy to announce that registrations are open for NASSCOM Foundation’s ConnectIT Workshops in Mumbai scheduled for 18-21Jan 2010.

Registration is FREE and each NGO can send 2 participants.

The ‘ConnectIT Workshop’ includes hands-on training in the use of MS Office applications. Sessions include advanced use of Microsoft Excel, Word, making presentations, newsletters, movie making, use of new media such as blogs, Twitter, etc. There is also a session on how to get featured on GuideStar India.

Participants who attend all 4 days sessions will receive a Certificate of Participation and a CD based user manual to help them use their learning after this workshop.

The 5 workshops held in Pune, Nagpur and Sangli attended by 178 NGO participants were found useful by many participants.
Ms Diana Peters from Habitat for Humanity India said, “Overall the training was educative, informative, effective, building upon the basics. Content was excellent and faculty was interactive, reaching out to everyone’s level of understanding”.

Mr Pandurang Solanke from Action For Agricultural Renewal in Maharashtra-AFARM had this to share:
“Very helpful, learnt additional features, shortcuts which will save time, learnt additional Power Point features like power point video, hyperlinks, etc which will help in presentations, got to know about online tools and how to do marketing online, also shall spread the learnings to colleagues which will help them in their daily activities. I will ask other NGOs from our network to register for Nagpur and Sangli.”

 Ms Sarita Walkar from Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi, one of the participants of the Nagpur workshop had this to say:
“ Overall very good learning workshop. Learnt additional features, better way of creation of report in excel and word. Learnt to create blog which will help the organization to do more creative work with online tools.”

The workshops are planned as four-days of hands-on and interactive activity-based training. Daily workshop starts at 9am and will be over by 6pm. Participation by the organisation on all days is compulsory.

Who can participate
The ConnectIT workshops are NOT for beginners, who want to learn to use basic applications in IT, but are for those who know the basics (already use MS Word, Excel) and are interested in learning to use common applications more effectively. Participants will receive a CD based user manual to help them use their learning after this workshop.

NGOs that have already attended any of the earlier ConnectIT workshops are not eligible to attend this workshop even if the participants are different.

Venue of workshop
Asha Kiran Hall
St Pius Complex
Gate no 2, Virwani Road
Near Udupi Restaurant
Goregaon (E)
Tel: 022-28732343

From Goregaon East station, Rs10 by auto or 15 minutes by walk.

Can you get low cost accommodation
Participants have to make their own arrangements for travel and stay. Limited accommodation is available at the venue at Rs200/ Rs250 per person, per night. For bookings, please contact Ms. Betty Ignatius on 022-28732343

How do you register
1. You can register online at,com_performs/formid,26/Itemid,88889002/ OR
Write for the Registration Form to AND and mail it back to the same ids.

2. If you have not yet submitted the Need Assessment Form, you need to fill the Need Assessment Form at

How will you know if your Participation is Confirmed
You will receive a mail from NASSCOM Foundation within 3 days of receiving your registration form. If you do not receive a mail, please feel free to call Lathika or Jitu at GuideStar India to verify your confirmation status.

GuideStar India is the Outreach Partner for ConnectIT workshops. If you have any questions regarding participation, please contact Lathika at GuideStar India on 022-26856900/99. All NGOs that register for ConnectIT workshops will be trained to showcase their work on, an online platform for NGOs to create and manage their own web pages.

Please apply at the earliest and await email confirmation of your registration from NASSCOM Foundation.

Feel free to inform other NGOs from your network to register for this Workshop. You may simply email their ids to us or use the Tell a friend link below.