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Training programmes for rural youth

By Our Special Correspondent

GULBARGA, AUG. 28. The Krishna Institute of Training for Self Employment and Rural Development (KITSERD) will conduct a special training programme in photography, videography, screen-printing, and lamination, in September or October in Gulbarga, the director of the institute, S.N. Bidkar, has said.

Speaking to presspersons on Saturday, Mr. Bidkar said that KITSERD had trained more than 5,000 youth in different trades.

These training programmes had been sponsored by the Zilla Panchayat, the Department of Industries, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and the Department for Women and Child Welfare.

Mr. Bidkar said that in many of the cases training was provided free of cost to selected trainees who were either economically backward or showed an inclination in the field for which the training was being given.

He said that during the training period that ranged from three days to three months, the trainees were provided free accommodation and food.

The training programmes sponsored by the institute were funded by sponsor banks, State Bank of India, and Krishna Grammena Bank.

The institute funded the training programmes sponsored by the government departments and zilla panchayats, he added.

The KITSERD, sponsored by the State Bank of India and the Krishna Grameena Bank, was set up with the aim of providing short duration vocational job training to the unemployed youth, irrespective of their educational qualification.

The organisation has already helped in providing employment to more than 2,500 youths from the rural areas.

It has also helped many trainees avail loans totalling Rs. 5.25 crores from different nationalised banks under several government programmes to enable them start self-employment projects.

The deputy director of KITSERD, K. Peerappa, said that the institute was established to empower the rural unemployed youth through activities such as tailoring, repairing tractors and two-wheelers, vermiculture, poultry and dairy activities, and commercial art.

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