The Company has established a “Vocational Training Centre for Women” at vill. Jhagadia, Dist. Bharuch with the support of an internationally acclaimed NGO viz., SEWA RURAL under its CSR ambit. This CSR project (for Women Empowerment) was accomplished with the complete financial assistance of Rs. 2.58 Crore provided by the Company during the 2013-17 under its CSR initiative for construction of fully equipped four stories Training Centre. This new building now serves as a dedicated Training Centre as well as a hostel accommodation for underprivileged girl students. This training centre houses class rooms, skill lab, nutrition lab, computer lab, library, hostel accommodation for stay of about forty girl students as well as quarters for the faculty and warden. The total area of this Training Centre admeasures approx. 10,400 sq. ft. The Centre is well furnished with training equipments and hostel furniture & fixture.
The Project was inaugurated by the worthy hands of a renowned lady writer and chief guest Mrs. Himanshiben Shelat on 30th April 2016. This CSR Project is dedicated for promoting empowerment of underprivileged girls/women hailing from tribal, rural and economically deprived background, who are being imparted vocational education & trainings at this centre. Areas of vocational training include hospital nursing, laboratory technician training, stitching and garment making, basic computer education, self-defence, awareness about sexual harassment, personality development, health and nutrition and other formal and non-formal education.
The teaching faculties include doctors form various fields like Gynaecology, Paediatrics, General Medicine and Ophthalmology for imparting training in hospital nursing and laboratory technician skills. In addition, other paramedical staff like OT Incharge, Nursing Incharge, Hospital Administrator, Maintenance Supervisor and Health training Supervisors also take various training sessions for these girl trainees.
There are also separate tutors for subjects like Basic English, Mathematics and Computer skills. In all, about 20 faculty members ensure that the training is imparted satisfactorily as per the approved curriculum. Audio visuals, charts, posters, simulators, models and mannequins are also used for imparting training.
Gruhmata belonging to tribal community has also been appointed from local area and formally employed at this Training Centre. She is staying here to look after, provide support and guidance to these trainee girls. Arrangements are in place for the trainees’ breakfast and dinner at the hostel, and lunch at SEWA Rural.
Training classes and sessions are conducted at the Mahila Talim Kendra, whereas the trainees visit SEWA Rural’s hospital for undergoing practical sessions and live training.
This project is proving boon to the poor girls coming from surrounding tribal areas in terms of providing them vocational training and opportunities to empower them socially and economically in the society.
Since the inception of this project on 30th April, 2016, total 33 Girls (i.e., 16 girls from 8th batch & 17 Girls from 9th batch) have successfully completed their training in Assistant Nursing and Assistant Lab Technician courses at this Vocational Training Centre. Of them, 16 Girls have already found gainful employment in different hospitals in the vicinity of Jhagadia village, and are earning monthly income between Rs.5000/- to Rs.8500/- per month, which in real sense ensure their economic/social independence and empowerment in the society. Under this project, 5594 participants have also benefited in Health & Nutrition awareness programs; 122 girls were trained in Stitching and 45 girls in Computer courses. All the maintenance costs of this centre are being borne by SEWA RURAL.