PMKVY for the win, again!
AASRA, the social service wing of NITR has been working for years for the upliftment of the underprivileged in Rourkela. Our volunteers go around Rourkela and teach these underprivileged children. Everything was going well, but we observed that many of these kids gave up their studies after 12th and looked for petty jobs due to many unheard reasons. This is when we realized that success wasn’t only about classroom scoring. Thanks to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) program which gave us an opportunity to help them come out of their plight.
PMKVY being the world’s biggest skill development program with well maintained library and practical equipment sets an example for a well-planned curriculum. It provides courses related to various fields such as sewing to solar PV installing and irrespective of gender, caste or income, anyone who meets the requirements can join and benefit from this program. The program, with effective theoretical and practical classes stretched over a span of 50 days is affordable, and provides free food and hostel facilities in some centers too. It is also easily accessible. They’ve set a simple admission procedure. Apart from these courses, they also teach computer literacy and discipline which are very important to live in today’s world at par with others.After 3 months of rigorous training,they provide placements at different centres. From 2016-2017’s batch, two people namely Ajay bhaiya and Padmini di secured jobs through PMKVY. Inspired by their story, five girls came forward from Sector 21 and 3 members from OSAP and Sector 6 joined in different courses according to their interests such as data entry, staff nurse, hotel management and so on after attending a counselling program in Lecture Avenue,NIT Rourkela. These courses are expected to start in the first week of July and August in Chhend and Civil Township respectively.
Inspiring them and encouraging them in getting admitted into these courses is the only help we provide to help them get ahead in their staircase to reach success, rest solely resting on their own shoulders. But surely they will always have our hand to guide them, support them and to motivate them. Moreover, this is what defines Aasra.
- RAMYA BODDEPALLI