Taking the lead in community development, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) has initiated Neev, an outreach program that will teach vocational trade skills such as carpentry, fitting, wiring, plumbing, tin-smithy, machines and welding to people from the grassroots.
The two-month-long course, supported by the Desai Foundation in USA, has 27 participants in the age-group of 18 to 28 years - while most of the participants are from Palaj and Basan villages that neighbour IIT-Gn, there are participants from Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh as well.
In this unique outreach initiative, the youth from the grassroots will receive training from IIT-Gn’s mechanical engineering lab and electrical engineering lab. The participants will also receive business skills training and be taken to industrial field visits by the end of the workshop.
Soumya Harish, coordinator, Neev, says, “The initiative aims to create more employment or entrepreneurial opportunities for the participants. We aim at encouraging them to undertake further advanced training in the trades of their choice.”