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Vocational courses to help produce entrepreneurs

Vocational courses to help produce entrepreneurs
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The Rural Technology Park programmes for youth train them in natural dyeing, making of jewellery, leaf plates, soaps and fashion designing. However,...

The Rural Technology Park programmes for youth train them in natural dyeing, making of jewellery, leaf plates, soaps and fashion designing. However, the stress is on self-development and self-employment

voc2L Sailaja Kumar

Vocational courses- a schooling which prepares people for specific trade is an evergreen education- is useful in a country like ours where skilled people pursue and excel in the talent they house. A self-sustaining, trusted and tried module, this has become a source of livelihood to several people across our State. The Rural Technology Park in NIRD campus, Rajendra Nagar in Hyderabad, is one such hub that has trained over 20,000 people so far (since its inception in 2006) in several vocational courses like honey making, paper mache and products, soap making, etc

Apart from these, there are solar energy, natural dyeing, jewellery, leaf plate, and fashion designing workshops which keep the centre busy 365 days. The present bee-keeping and honey processing training that began in Bapatla recently has a set of young enterprising people all set to start of the honey-making, which is catching up fast today. Varieties of Honey made from Jamun, Vama, litchi flowers are for sale too.

Being a free training session for all those below poverty line, these programmes are blessing to all those who come here, empower themselves and go back, all set to start off a new life. The transport, accommodation and food throughout the training period are free. Many engineering and agriculture students also undergo this training, not as in-house but commuting participants. They have to bear costs for the material.

Says Uma Shankar, an employee at RTP, the soap and disinfectant making is the most popular training programme which trained several people who are doing comfortably well after starting off their own ventures. People from all over the State attend these programmes; all they have to spend is an amount of Rs 100 for the registration. They go back equipped with necessary training and tips to start off an independent earning module.

Come summer, you see students from all over the city to learn art of paper and soap making et al. These students are here not to eke out a livelihood but out of sheer fascination to learn something new.

voc3The colourful paper making unit catches visitor's eye where the trainers, who also run a shop take bulk orders for paper mache and paper products. The neighbouring agriculture university's influence is seen in the neem oil manufacturing unit, which sells the neem cake, as well as neem oil that has a multi-purpose utility both for plants as a pesticide and people who use the oil for various skin problems.

An interesting information bit is that of the solar initiative established at the NIRD to facilitate solar energy technology transfer in collaboration with Social Work Research Centre (SWRC), Tilonia, Rajasthan. SWRC trained four illiterate women at Tilonia in fabricating, wiring and setting up solar energy systems.

After completion of their training, these women established the rural energy workshop at the rural technology park at NIRD as a production cum training and maintenance facility. They fabricated 100 solar lanterns including assembling of PCBs. Alongside, they installed a five KWP solar generating unit.

In Andhra Pradesh two tribal villages namely Pusulapalem and Thamingula of Paderumandal, Visakhapatnam district were identified for transfer of solar energy technology.

Quick Info The RTP training programmes are exclusively for rural youth, farmers, farm women, school dropouts, differently abled persons and destitute women. Boarding and lodging facilities is provided by RTP at free of cost. The dormitory type of accommodation is provided.

The participants have to bring their Xerox copy of ration card (BPL card). The raw material & other training cost will be borne by RTP.

The trainees have to produce three pass port size photos.

Contact�Training Coordinator - 9848780277

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