Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre, Patel Garden provides computer training, career counseling, English Speaking classes, and personality development training for underprivileged children from nearby communities aged 17 to 25 years. Apart from computer training, this centre aims at holistic development of youth from the community by imparting employable skills in relation to various industries/corporate/service sectors, and also offers job placements to the students.
This project kicked off in June 2017 with funding support of Australian High commission under its direct aid programme. Over the last one year, it has reached out to 134 students from the area, against the initial target of 120.
On 12th June, senior representatives from Australian High Commission paid a courtesy visit to Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre in Patel Garden. The delegation included Mr. Simon O’ Connor, Chairman, Direct Aid Programme of Australian High Commission, and Ms. Pallavi Nayek, Direct Aid Programme Administrator at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, alongwith Ms. Vinni, a young researcher, who is interning with Australian High Commission.
The guests arrived around 11 a.m. at our centre, and were given a warm welcome. Two girls applied Tilak on their forehead. One of the students of the VTC, Mr. Gurjeet Singh gave the welcome speech. Smt. Jaswant Kaur, Executive Director, Deepalaya gave a short presentation on Deepalaya NGO, its intervention in different sectors, and elucidated the outcomes and challenges of the Vocational Training Project in Patel Garden.
Mr. A. J. Philip, Secretary and CE, Deepalaya felicitated the guests from Australian High Commission, and thanked them for their generous support in implementing the project. He also presented Mr. Simon with a gift made by Sana, one of the students of VTC.
The guests interacted with the beneficiaries of this project, and saw the infrastructure and facilities. On the sidelines of the interactive session, two students, Tanisha and Bhavana presented a dance performance on the song “Aashayein”. Hereafter, some of the students from the last batch who have already been placed in respectable companies shared their experiences; they shared how Deepalaya teachers and staff acted as a guiding light in shaping their careers and lives and helped them in overcoming challenges.
Mr. Simon O’ Connor, Chairperson said that he was delighted to be associated with this noble project, which not only provides vocational skills, but aims at socio-economic empowerment of the beneficiaries. “Confidence, self-belief, and persistence are the three golden rules of success in your careers,” he told the VTC students.
The event ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Computer Teacher, Deepalaya. On behalf of Deepalaya, Mr. Kuriyan Behanan, Manager Administration, was also present. Ms. Anita Rana, Project, In Charge, and Ms. Kulwant Kaur made arrangements for the event, while Ms. Jinsu, intern helped in arrangements and did the anchoring for the event.