VOCATIONAL TRAINING SUPPORTED BY GURU KRUPA FOUNDATION
As part of Rehabilitation services, Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA), Ayikudi offers training for a number of disabled boys and girls, under the Disabled Youth Trainees Scheme. Persons with Disabilities must be trained on various skills for meeting their livelihoods depending upon their functional abilities. Besides, rehabilitation, Amar Seva Sangam provides vocational training to individuals with physical challenges so that they can pursue their livelihood after leaving our campus. Vocational training is offered depending on the physical and mental capabilities of the person in appropriate sections.
The Vocational Training includes short course computer education, tailoring, typewriting (Both English and Tamil) note-book making and book binding, soft toy making, embroidery, cane / wire knitting and many other handicrafts which would give them means to substitute the family income.
Typewriting Centre was registered with Department of Technical Education of Tamil Nadu, provides training to rural poor and physically challenged students to get employable skills. Due to a recent regulation of Tamil Nadu making data entry jobs in government mandatory, many data entry operator aspirants have joined our senior grade typing classes. We have trained more than 315 students so far in Junior and Senior typewriting skills. Computer / Information Technology was established as a 25-seat state-of-the-art computer Centre with support from Infosys Foundation, Microsoft and Cognizant technologies to provide computer education to physically challenged and rural students. We offer Diploma courses in MS office, Tally, DTP, 6 months and 1-year courses in CCA and summer courses.
So far more than 1835 students have been trained and many have successfully secured employment in private, public and Government institutions.
Guru Krupa Foundation (GKF), a private foundation based in the State of New York, USA, has come forward to support this initiative to support PWDs to lead an independent life. GKF has been providing financial grants to several NGOs in India working in the areas of Education, Environment, Social Welfare etc. Through their support, we would be now able to train more students and help them get livelihood opportunities.
The main Goal of this project is to develop employable skills of the person with disabilities for their livelihood. Disabled Youth Trainees (DYTs) join our campus to undergo vocational training in typewriting and computer in our own facilities. On completion of their courses, more than 90% of them earn their livelihood or go out for suitable employment. Vocational training is offered depending on the physical and mental capabilities of the person in appropriate sections. The first step is to identify the eligible needy people for livelihood program and based on their functional abilities the identified person will be trained. The progress of each and every student will be evaluated based on the monthly exams. The quality of service and the success of the project will be analyzed based on the course completion rate, internal attendance and the records maintained by faculties.
So far more than 184 students have been trained under this project. We are also planning to introduce Short Hand courses and weekly training sessions for school students on every Saturday and Sunday and also planning to conduct Language and Communication Skills training sessions to the Computer students like COPA and DTP for their job opportunities.