BIS #7082 DBITI and KVIC Collaborate to Skill India

By Fr Charles Anthony for BISMumbai

On 2 October 2023, the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, Don Bosco Industrial Training Institute (DBITI), Kurla, in collaboration with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) organised the graduation of 20 trainees who completed a 15-day electrician training programme under the Gramodyog Vikas Yojana, organised by KVIC.

The inauguration ceremony of the Skill Training Programme took place on 15 July 2023, was blessed with the presence of Fr Anthony Pinto, the Rector, and other dignitaries from KVIC. The ceremony also featured the planting of a sapling, signifying the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration between KVIC and DBITI for skill development.

Over 15 days, the twenty trainees underwent intensive training in various aspects of the electrician trade at DBITI's state-of-the-art facilities. The training programme was conducted by external trainers and instructors from DBITI, ensuring that the trainees received top-notch education and skill development. The highlight of the programme was the gift of a tool kit to each student at the end of the training, along with a certificate from KVIC. This initiative aimed to empower the trainees, especially those under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, by providing them with the necessary tools to embark on their journey as entrepreneurs. 

The training programme concluded on 2 August 2023. Two months later, on 2 October, the graduation of these trainees was held, graced by the Honourable Union Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Mr Narayan Rane. This event was scheduled to coincide with the inauguration of the "Khadi Mahotsav" at the Central Office of KVIC in Mumbai.

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was marked with solemnity as Mr Rane garlanded the statue of the Father of the Nation. The atmosphere was further enriched with soulful renditions of his favourite songs by an orchestra, followed by speeches from various dignitaries in attendance. The Khadi Mahotsav was officially inaugurated by the Honourable Minister, and it was a momentous occasion as the kits were distributed to the trained electricians.

DBITI received a Certificate of Appreciation from Mr Rane, an honour that was accepted by the Principal - Mr Amarr Prabhu, and Mr Kenneth Saldanha. The Honourable Minister personally commended the efforts of DBITI in providing invaluable skill development training. DBITI and KVIC's collaboration continues to be a beacon of hope, bridging the gap between education and employment opportunities.