Sri Sathya Sai Rural Vocational Training Centers
National Initiative of SSSSO
Skilling Rural youth
What is RVTC:
Rural Vocational Training Centre is a by-product of the deep concern and selfless thought of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, India (SSSSOI)aiming at improving the economic conditions of the unemployed youth in a particular village and to create areas of self-employment. Also it streamlines the youth by helping them to focus and hone their skills rather than on unwarranted pursuits. Skill training is offered totally free of cost along with free boarding and lodging at select few centres where the youth do not have access to the centre from their village. Skill trainings are catered according to the needs of the neighbourhood of that particular village by RVTC.
- To train unemployed youth from Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program(SSSVIP) villages and its neighbourhood in multi skills that are required in the rural areas.
- To help the trained youth to set up small service centers in their villages, enabling them to gain economic independence.
- To avert migration of village youth to towns and cities.
- To inculcate ethics and values in youth.
Why this focus on youth:
Of the 1300 million Indian Population, 40% are in the age group of 13-35 years, defined as youth in the National Youth Policy(520 million) and, in this age group, the unemployment rate is 13% (67 million) and will grow to 15.5% (80 million) within a year. This rise in youth unemployment is not only because of the direct economic costs, but also due to the social impact of joblessness manifested by increased crime, mental health problems, violence, drug taking and social exclusion are indicators of degenerating society.
To establish a harmonious society for peaceful coexistence, which is Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Sankalpam, SSSSO has undertaken well known activities like Vidya Seva, Vaidya Seva, Water projects, Balvikas etc.
Of all these, Balvikas, Swami’s pet project, prepares the children who would certainly transform this society when they grow up (may be 15-20 years later). The SSSVIP programs, like Medicare(Vadya Seva), Narayana Seva (Annadhanam), protein distribution, housing etc serve the needs for the immediate present. The gap in between of these two i.e. of 15-25 years, when the current youth play a very important part in the competitive society, has to be filled with opportunities for these disadvantaged youth. The SSS RVTC Program (Sri Sathya Sai Rural Vocational Training Center), started in the year 2014, exactly addresses this problem. Though some of these activities have been going on even prior to 2014, this has been systematized in 2014 and so far, 9400 youth were trained with 26 Centers serving across India.
Salient features of SSS RVTC
- The training is totally free of cost to the trainee
- Provides Seva opportunity to members of SSSSO.
- The duration of the training is 3 to 6 months
- The skills are selected according to the requirement/need of the village.
- In some centers, free boarding and lodging is provided for trainees. Districts, which do not have RVTC, can send youth from villages to these centers for training.
- Free tool kits and uniforms are provided to trainees
- TVS MOTORS is very much involved with RVTC. Whenever requested, they provide training to the students in two wheeler repair and service at their service centers
- Integral to training curriculum is Sarva dharma principles, ethics, values and yoga.
- Project work: At the end of training, the trainees are sent to Prasanthi Nilayam to work in the Maintenance section. Normally it coincides with a particular State’s Prasanthi Seva
- The RVTC mission was declared as a National initiative in April 2014. Following this directive, a number of Centers (26 as on date) were started across India and are functioning well. A brief summary of the performance of these centers is presented herein to understand the extent of the achievement of the well thought out objectives and sustainability perspective.
Maharashtra and Goa
Updated on 22nd May 2018
Sri Sathya Sai Vocational Training Programme – Sri Sathya Sai Ashramashala Seva – Felicitation at Dharmakshetra on 20th May 2018
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra and Goa has been conducting vocational training with the objective of mobilising village youth in various districts of Maharashtra. 700+ village youth mobilised from all over Maharashtra got vocationally trained with employment assistance. All these youth are from extremely challenging economic background.
The training was conducted through existing government approved institutions offering residential vocational training. In a span of about 3.5 yrs, more than 700 village youth were trained in job oriented vocational training courses in reputed institutions like Don Bosco and ICICI Academy. Most of them are gainfully employed.
On Sunday, May 20th 2018 a felicitation ceremony was organised at Dharmakshetra, for all the students who performed par excellence in these courses and got employed many even in banks.
Nine Ashram shalas (Tribal schools) have been adopted by SSSSO, Maharashtra organisation under a special programme to improve the quality of life of the students. Most of them got ISO with our assistance. The Ashramshala staff were invited to witness the success stories of these Vocational students and motivate their own students to get them trained through us.
The star performers were felicitated by All India President (AIP) of SSSSO, Shri Nimish Pandya and State President Shri Ramesh Sawant. State Presidents of MP, Tamil Nadu and Orissa were also present. Hon AIP Shri Nimish Pandya while addressing the gathering appreciated the 11 star performers employed in banks after vocational training despite challenging background. Hon AIP prevailed up on the Ashram shalas to consider encouraging their students to take advantage of the job oriented vocational training. He also mentioned that throughout the nation the Ashram shala seva being done by Maharashtra can be replicated for the benefit of Adivasi (tribal) students. He was all praise for the seva being done in Maharashtra and congratulated the team.
Sri Manoharbhai Trikkanad, The State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Gujarat, inaugurated a new batch of Sri Sathya Sai Rural Vocational Training Centre at village Gandeva, Dist. Navsari – Gujarat on 8th April, 2018(Sunday). This RVTC was inaugurated by Sri. H. Srinivasulu (All India Tech Group Coordinator, SSSSO – India) on 16th December 2012.
updated on 21st May 2018
Updated on 21st May 2018: Sairam RVTC rural vocational training program in Electrical Wiring & Motor Pump set repair 9th batch at Tadipatri Anantapur-Andhra Pradesh state – 3 months course.
Practical training is offered in single phase motor rewinding in Tadipatri, Anantapur district, APTS
Updated on 11th May 2018:
With the divine grace of Bhagawan a new Rural Vocational Training Centre has been inaugurated by Sri. N.Ramani, National Vice President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (India) on 11th May 2018 in Sai Sruthi, Kodaikanal, the divine summer abode of our beloved Bhagawan
Eight mahilas from surrounding villages have been admitted for a 3 month Training in Basic Computer course. Very competent trainers will give training. Sri. Santha Satish is the coordinator. It has the potential to develop into good Skill Centre. We pray Bhagawan to bless the Centre, the trainees, the trainers and the organisers. Further courses are being planned.
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Skill Training was given to the ladies of SSSVIP village, Arambakkam, Kanchipuram South, Tamil Nadu.
Training was conducted for two days on 30th and 31st March. 25 women were benefitted. They were taught to make paper bags and ornamental jewellery. Trainers: Ms.KalpanaHeblekar& Associate
RVTC New Course: An excellent initiative to train Rural Youth for recruitment in the Indian army at Palakkad in Karinjalipallam SSSVIP village, Chittur Samithi, Kerala.
Pre – Army recruitment training program started with 35 village youth and 3 Retired Army officers were the trainers. Course Duration was for 90 days.
Vocational Training Centre Calicut – West Hill Samithi – Tailoring classes For Mahilas.
1) Fourth batch of Tailoring classes under Sri Sathya Sai Vocational Training centre, Thrissur Samithi commenced on 28th, Wednesday20 ladies registered for this course.
2) In Karinjalipallam of Palakkad district, Kerala as a part of Tailoring machine distribution project 5 machines were distributed for the first batch of their RVTC
RVTC New Course: An excellent initiative to train Rural Youth for recruitment in the Indian army at Palakkad in Kerala state-Chittur Samithi -Karinjalipallam SSSVIP village .Pre – Army recruitment training Program started with 35 Village Youth members and 3 Army Retd. Persons are the trainers. Course Duration : 90 days
Updated on 12th March 2018:
With the immense blessings of Bhagawan Baba, a Valedictory programme was organised for the first batch of SSS RVTC, Baredika Pura, Hindon City, Dist Kareoli, Rajasthan on 4th March 2018. A first batch of 6 trainees successfully completed the 4 months training in electrical trade. In this programme, free tool kits were distributed to the trainees along with one laminated photograph of Bhagawan. On this occasion, the members of the second batch were also felicitated. After the programme, State DM team organised DM training for all the participants.
State Coordinator SSS RVTC Shri Randheer Singh, DP Kareoli Shri Sitaram Mishra, In-charge SSS RVTC Shri Narendra Sharma, State Service Coordinator Shri Dhanraj Gupta, DP Dausa Shri Vibhuti Pandya and Disaster Management Team members were all part of this programme.
March 2018: Sathupalli-Khammam: VOCATIONAL TRAINING as Health Care Assistant for 45 days.
1) Fourth batch of Tailoring classes under Sri Sathya Sai Vocational Training centre Thrissur Samithi commenced on 28th Wednesday. 20 women’s registered for attending the course.in Kerala …
2) Palakkkad, Karinjalipallam … RVTC..Tailoring machine distribution..5 machine were distributed .first Batch…Bhajan Centre RVTCof chittur Samithy …Kerala … Palakkad dist.
SSSRVTC CENTERS AND SKILLS As in January-2017
|Sl. No.||Location of SSS RVTC —||STARTED ON||STATE||SKILLS|
|1.1||Vanasthalipuram||06.05.2014||AP &TS||Motor pump repair|
|1.2||Tadipatri||20.11.2014||AP & TS||Electrical & Motor winding|
|1.3||Ch Pothepalli||07.12.2014||AP & TS||Electrical & Plumbing repairs|
|1.4||Sivam – Hyderabad||06.06.2013||AP & TS||Mahila RVTC – Tailoring etc|
|2.1||Bhubaneswar||06.05.2014||Odisha||Electrical ,Plumbing & Two wheeler servicing|
|3.1||Chittur, Palakkad||20.06.2014||Kerala||Electrical &Aluminium Fabrication.
Tailoring for rural women
|3.2||Kasargode||Kerala||Tailoring and Stitching|
|3.3||Trissoor||Kerala||Tailoring and Stitching|
|4.1||Navsari||2014||Gujarat||Electrical & Plumbing, Computer Tally
Tailoring for women
|5.1||Don Bosco, Mumbai||……. 2014||Maharashtra||Electrical, Welding & AC Servicing|
|5.2||SSSI of Agri&Bio Tech||2008||Maharashtra||Agriculture|
|6.1||Hajipur, Vaishali||24.11.2014||Bihar||Electrical & Plumbing|
|6.2||Kundadih Sai Center
|Bihar||Electrical & Two wheeler Servicing|
|7.1||Barackpore||14.09.2014||W.Bengal||Electrical, Plumbing, Beatician& Tailoring|
|W.Bengal||Tailoring, Beautician & Hair cutting|
|7.4||Kasba, Kolkotta||W.Bengal||Mobile Servicing &Beautician|
|8.1||Kunjpura, Karnal dt.||14.01.2015||Haryana||Electrical, Plumbing & Carpentry
Tailoring at 11 Centers
|9.1||Jabalpur||27.09.2014||Madhya Pradesh||Mobile servicing & Computer Hardware service|
|9.2||Chindwada||20.01.2015||Madhya Pradesh||Electrical, Mobile servicing|
|9.3||Indore||12.07.2015||Madhya Pradesh||Electrical & Cell phone servicing|
|10.1||Dharwar||09.10.2014||Karnataka||Ethnic food, Fabric designing & Home Nursing for
rural women, Tailoring
|11.1||Nanmangalam, Kanchipuram dt.||20.04.2014||Tamilnadu||Electrical, Plumbing & Two wheeler Servicing|
|17.04.2014||Tamilnadu||Electrical, Plumbing & Fabrication|
|11.3||Chithode – Erode||04.12.2014||Tamilnadu||Electrical, Plumbing & Fabrication|
|11.4||Tirukkurungudi||23.11.2005||Tamilnadu||Electrical & Plumbing|
|12.0||Solan||2006||Himachal Pradesh||1)Stitching, 2)Art and craft, 3)Tailoring and 4)Packing|
All the Centers report the performance in a standardized format , which was sent to them, and they started coming in . All the relevant Indices of performance are included in the format. So far reports from 16 centers were received in this format. These are consolidated into a single format for ease of reference and mainly to learn and implement the good features of those centers in other locales.
The Inspiration, success and Needling problems
All the coordinators of these centers are devotees of Swami and naturally the inspiration to work, to teach, to influence and finally to succeed comes from Swami’s Sankalpa. The trainers too, though many of them are not devotees of Swami, are inspired to help in the mission by seeing the selfless service of those involved to help the society. In the process, they get acquainted with our organisation which reinforces their faith and consequently their efforts.
Like in any human Endeavor, though blessed by Bhagawan, there are a few needling problems to be overcome by our effort and His Will.
Effectiveness of training and achieving of intended objective
Since the students come from poor educational background and equally poor cultural background, they are very special. So normal pedagogical training methodology is grossly inadequate. We need to adopt special methods which create the enthusiasm and urge to learn. So the effectiveness of the whole program depends mainly on the teacher. The traits needed for the teacher are not intellectual or academic brilliance but that of patience and perseverance in abundance. The Ex-Con( Example followed by Concept, not the other way round)) Training methodology followed,leads to better comprehension and participation. Use of video techniques is very essential and imperative along with live demonstration. So all the Centers need to be equipped with Video Projectors, CDs and other accouterments. The encouraging aspect is the feedback from parents that their children show lot of interest to learn and practice.
The main objective of this mission is to make these youth employable or start their own small repair shops to earn their livelihood in the villages. This, indeed, can be a strong supporting pillar for the SSSVIP scheme, since it is inclusive in nature. We need to collect data on these alumni to have a realistic conclusion. All centers have to include this in their reports.
Plans for expansion
Few more such centers are coming up in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh.. In the states of Kerala, Gujarat and West Bengal, where some centers are already functioning, more such centers are likely to come up in the next few months. Tadipatri center in AP&T shall be developed for training in few more skills and envisaged to become model SSS RVTC.
In conclusion, all the Centers are functioning very well and the enthusiasm of the coordinators is commendable. The response from the needy youth and their parents is good. To establish 26 centers across India in a short span of two years is commendable, if not miraculous. We can see Swami’s Hand behind this and the intended objectives will definitely be achieved.
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