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Training for women SHGs

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI, FEB.8. In an attempt at boosting the entrepreneurial and vocational skills of women, the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women has launched a series of training programmes to members of women's self-help groups of `Mahalir Thittam' through different departments and agencies.

Talking to The Hindu, P. Renugadevi, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, said that SHG members would be offered entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) followed by skill upgrading and vocational training.

A district-level committee comprising the Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, the Assistant General Manager, National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development and the Lead District Manager, had identified eligible institutions that could offer programmes of less than one-month duration. For programmes, which go beyond one month, the district-level committee chaired by the Collector with other members including the Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, PO, Mahalir Thittam, AGM, NABARD and LDM, had identified eligible institutions to organise the programmes, she said.

The Assistant Project Officers with the help of the non-governmental organisations, screened the eligible SHG members for the programme. Before that, the trade necessities of these women were identified and the institutions selected according to their requirements.

The Gandhiniketan Ashram, T. Kallupatti, would train women in making readymade masala powder, vermin-compost, mushroom cultivation, tailoring and embroidery, for which 198 beneficiaries had been selected, said Ms. Renugadevi.

The Tamil Nadu Polytechnic for Women would offer training in making readymade garments, beautician course, gold appraisal, data entry operations and mobile phone servicing. Around 200 women had been selected to undergo this training programme.

The Regional Centre for Art and Culture had been entrusted with the job of training 45 women in handicrafts, fur toys, glass painting, plastic wire netting and bamboo basket making. The Tamil Nadu Institute for Hotel Management and Catering Technology would train 15 women in house- keeping and canteen management, she added.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development would offer practical training for 18 women in the making of sanitary napkins, while an expert would train three persons in rabbit rearing. However, the `Mahalir Thittam' members had asked for more allotments, Ms. Renugadevi said.

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