The Pehal resource centre in collaboration with NITCOM, Chandigarh, inaugurated a mobile repair shop inside the OTS campus. The shop has been opened to offer a three-month free course to students, who have more than 40 per cent disability. Under its skill development project, Pehal will be colbaorating with National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) that will sponsor skill development courses, including the Skill entrepreneurial development programme.
“Twentyfive students will be inducted in the course at first and will be provided free training along with the stipend of Rs 1,000. NHFDC will also begin an outreach programme to enlist 100 students from the district for courses including beauty therapist and call centre executives,” informed Dharminder Gill, co ordinator, Pehal resource centre. The programme has also got support from Disable Welfare Society, Punjab’s president Vikas Sood and Vocational rehabilitation centre, Ludhiana. A two day camp will also held for identifying students with intellectual disability, who will be taught to make paper bags, welding and electronic repair. Karamjit Singh Rintu inaugurated the centre today, along with other dignitaries present.
Meanwhile, the ITI, Ranjit Avenue, too held a skill development programme, in association with the BSF. A batch of 30 female students, who have been given training through a BSF-run programme today graduated, making them eligible for placements in private security agencies. “The programme had been offered to students with limited resources and this was our fourth batch, the first for girls students. Two hundred students from across UP, Rajasthan and Punjab were also offered placements by an automobile company from Gurgaon,” said Sanjeev Sharma, principal, ITI.