IITGN’s gesture of reaching out to the community in proximity and surrounding villages has brought a positive development. The lives that NEEV is impacting is commendable. The participants have not only learnt vocational skills but have also gained confidence to present themselves. Shri Hitesh Koya (IAS), DDO Gandhinagar and chief guest

While addressing the trainees

It was a very good experience to learn basics of stitching and cutting in our own village, that too, without any fee. We are now thinking to start taking orders for stitching petticoats, blouses and dresses, thanks to NEEV. Payal Bihola and Urvashi Bhati

Best friends and coursemates in stitching

​All eyes gleamed with joy and hope for a brighter tomorrow as NEEV awarded certificates to around 100 participants of various vocational skills courses yesterday. The trainees of various eight-week courses, comprising mainly youths and women from surrounding villages of Palaj, exhibited great enthusiasm and fervour as they collected their certificates and/or toolkits.

The idea behind conducting such vocational skill-building courses was to enable the participants learn these skills either to enhance their career prospects or to become self-employed. Thirty-four (34) people participated in vocational courses of wiring, machining, plumbing and welding while 30 took part in basic computer training. Twenty-six (26) participants opted for Spoken English and 31 chose to learn stitching. The products made by these trainees as part of their courses were also exhibited during the valediction.

Ramesh Solanki, trainer of vocational course in plumbing, shared, “The participants have been given practical training to building their confidence, apart from the course basics. We have also guided them on finding work opportunities, and have provided a basic plumbing toolkit to help them start working sooner.”

Siddharth Bhati, a trainee in wiring course, now plans to start his own business as an electrician. Meghna Rathod, a 32-year-old mother, learnt basic computer course so that she can start a job and teach computers to her son too. Rekhaben Bihola, a 30-year-old widow and mother to an eight-year-old son, said, “My husband died a year ago and we don’t live with my in-laws. Here, I learnt basics of stitching so that I can start earning for my son’s studies.”