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Dr. Ray Umashankar

Assistant Dean

University of Arizona

Direct Phone: (520) ***-****       

Email: r***@***.edu

University of Arizona

888 N. Euclid Ave. Room 413

Tucson, Arizona 85721

United States

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The University of Arizona is one of the nation's leading public universities, with a long history of academic excellence, research innovation and a student-centered approach. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the UA is rank... more

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Affiliations

Executive Director, Assistant
ASSET India Foundation Inc

Co-Founder
Sand Hill Group LLC

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Ray Umashankar left his deanship at the University of Arizona to found the ASSET India Foundation. He advises FEDU on partnerships.


The Purpose Prize | Ray Umashankar

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Ray Umashankar, 66 The Purpose Prize | Ray Umashankar

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Ray Umashankar Ray Umashankar's life changed when his 23-year-old daughter returned from India and announced her intention to help children of sex workers and victims of trafficking in their native country. Inspired by her vision, he and his wife looked into the situation and found that most organizations working with these children taught basket-weaving and other low-paying skills that did nothing to offer a way out of the sex trade. An assistant dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, Umashankar knew that these children needed marketable skills to land jobs in India's growing high-tech sector. Along with his wife and daughter, he created the Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology (ASSET) India Foundation, which has centers in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as plans for three more Indian cities. Through ASSET, he also designs computer literacy and English training programs for teen children of sex workers. Watch video profile of Ray Umashankar
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Email Ray Umashankar Visit Ray Umashankar's website The Innovators
Meet Ray Umashankar
When Ray Umashankar's American-born daughter Nita left Tucson four years ago to spend a year in his native India, neither dreamed that the experience would change both their lives - and the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children as well.
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And there was a lot of competition for these low-paying jobs," Ray Umashankar says. "I knew they needed something unique, and we came upon the idea of teaching computer skills."
That's how the nonprofit ASSET India Foundation (Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology) was born. Ray began to build partnerships and raise funds, while Nita and her mother Dr. Sue Umashankar worked to develop the training program.
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Ray also worked with local NGOs to recruit students and hire staff.
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"We select 14- to 28-year old students who know basic textbook English and teach them conversational and business English,"Umashankar says. "By training them in skills where there is a huge demand, nobody cares what their background is or who their father is."
As the assistant dean of industry relations at the University of Arizona School of Engineering, Umashankar knew how to get companies to partner with the university to support and nurture talented students. Now he's using those skills to encourage and convince Indian companies to support ASSET and also hire graduates of the program: Tata Consultancy Services, Firstsource, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Aptech and Dell. He promises them entry-level employees with the skills they need.
ASSET also teaches about health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, personal hygiene and finance. "As IT workers, they can start at 2500 to 4,000 rupees a month or about $65 to $100," Umashankar says. "They need to know such things as how to handle money and the importance of saving."
Umashankar set up advisory boards of Indian IT professionals, and he hired local instructors and on-the-ground staff. Today, there are 430 students, 290 of whom are girls, at seven locations. The first classes are graduating and 130 students are moving into the Indian job market: 60 in Delhi have been placed in viable positions, and some of the others are pursuing college.
"I feel a responsibility to the country that gave me my education and that gave me the opportunity to come to the United States in the first place," Umashankar says. His own story has its share of heartbreaks. He immigrated to America in 1968 seeking better medical care for a young child, but the child died following a series of heart surgeries. His second son took his own life. "This particular project has been therapeutic for me," he says. "People my age need a reason for a meaningful life, and this has become mine."
"I also suffer from a serious learning disability," he adds, with a twinkle in his eye.
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He then asked me to meet him on Monday morning at 10:30 to talk,"Umashankar recalled.
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To work in smaller towns and rural areas, Umashankar developed a way to bring internet access through a wireless mesh network using solar-powered routers with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation/Innocentive Challenge.
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Ray Umashankar, meanwhile, is constantly in motion, running ASSET from both India and Tucson. His age is an advantage, he says: "When you're younger, you have a fear of failure and fear of being criticized. At my age, I can say and do things that younger people cannot."
It's taken his organization far, but Umashankar remains humble. "Success," he says, "doesn't require any special skill except passion."


Civic Ventures :: In the News

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Umashankar, 66, is executive director of the ASSET India Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps the children of sex workers with computer skills and jobs. ASSET stands for Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology.

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Ray Umashankar scours The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine not for business news but for Indian surnames among the lists of company CEOs. Those names in hand, Umashankar creates a list of possible e-mail handles for each CEO and sends messages into the Internet ether until he gets what he's after: funding to break the cycle of poverty and desperation of the children of India's sex workers. So far his efforts have netted more than $300,000 in donations and $25,000 in computers for the nonprofit ASSET India Foundation, founded two years ago by his daughter, Nita. Umashankar, 66, and an assistant dean at the University of Arizona, helped Nita launch ASSET - Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology to help impoverished children in his native India learn information technology skills necessary to work at one of the country's IT firms. He has been named a 2008 Civic Ventures Purpose Prize winner for his work.


The Purpose Prize | Ray Umashankar

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Ray Umashankar The Purpose Prize | Ray Umashankar

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Ray Umashankar
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Ray Umashankar Ray Umashankar's life changed when his 23-year-old daughter returned from India and announced her intention to help children of sex workers and victims of trafficking in their native country. Inspired by her vision, he and his wife looked into the situation and found that most organizations working with these children taught basket-weaving and other low-paying skills that did nothing to offer a way out of the sex trade. An assistant dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, Umashankar knew that these children needed marketable skills to land jobs in India's growing high-tech sector. Along with his wife and daughter, he created the Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology (ASSET) India Foundation, which has centers in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as plans for three more Indian cities. Through ASSET, he also designs computer literacy and English training programs for teen children of sex workers. Watch video profile of Ray Umashankar
...
Email Ray Umashankar Visit Ray Umashankar's website The Innovators
Meet Ray Umashankar
When Ray Umashankar's American-born daughter Nita left Tucson four years ago to spend a year in his native India, neither dreamed that the experience would change both their lives - and the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children as well.
...
And there was a lot of competition for these low-paying jobs," Ray Umashankar says. "I knew they needed something unique, and we came upon the idea of teaching computer skills."
That's how the nonprofit ASSET India Foundation (Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology) was born. Ray began to build partnerships and raise funds, while Nita and her mother Dr. Sue Umashankar worked to develop the training program.
...
Ray also worked with local NGOs to recruit students and hire staff.
...
"We select 14- to 28-year old students who know basic textbook English and teach them conversational and business English,"Umashankar says. "By training them in skills where there is a huge demand, nobody cares what their background is or who their father is."
As the assistant dean of industry relations at the University of Arizona School of Engineering, Umashankar knew how to get companies to partner with the university to support and nurture talented students. Now he's using those skills to encourage and convince Indian companies to support ASSET and also hire graduates of the program: Tata Consultancy Services, Firstsource, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Aptech and Dell. He promises them entry-level employees with the skills they need.
ASSET also teaches about health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, personal hygiene and finance. "As IT workers, they can start at 2500 to 4,000 rupees a month or about $65 to $100," Umashankar says. "They need to know such things as how to handle money and the importance of saving."
Umashankar set up advisory boards of Indian IT professionals, and he hired local instructors and on-the-ground staff. Today, there are 430 students, 290 of whom are girls, at seven locations. The first classes are graduating and 130 students are moving into the Indian job market: 60 in Delhi have been placed in viable positions, and some of the others are pursuing college.
"I feel a responsibility to the country that gave me my education and that gave me the opportunity to come to the United States in the first place," Umashankar says. His own story has its share of heartbreaks. He immigrated to America in 1968 seeking better medical care for a young child, but the child died following a series of heart surgeries. His second son took his own life. "This particular project has been therapeutic for me," he says. "People my age need a reason for a meaningful life, and this has become mine."
"I also suffer from a serious learning disability," he adds, with a twinkle in his eye.
...
He then asked me to meet him on Monday morning at 10:30 to talk,"Umashankar recalled.
...
To work in smaller towns and rural areas, Umashankar developed a way to bring internet access through a wireless mesh network using solar-powered routers with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation/Innocentive Challenge.
...
Ray Umashankar, meanwhile, is constantly in motion, running ASSET from both India and Tucson. His age is an advantage, he says: "When you're younger, you have a fear of failure and fear of being criticized. At my age, I can say and do things that younger people cannot."
It's taken his organization far, but Umashankar remains humble. "Success," he says, "doesn't require any special skill except passion."


SMILE Twin e-Learning Project | Smile Foundation – Employability Programme for Underprivileged Adolescent Youth across India

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Dr. Ray Umashankar [right], Asset India Foundation, USA who is also a Dean at University of Arizona, handing over partnership papers to Mr. K. K. Varma [Chief - Projects & Partnerships, SMILE] and Mr. Santanu Mishra [Trustee - SMILE] during a meeting at Smile Foundation office in New Delhi.

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