AURANGABAD: An NGO has come forward to promote technical education among girls from villages in Gansavangi taluka in Jalna district by offering Rs 5,000 to each one of them taking admission in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI).
Somanth Khade, joint convenor of Swamy Vivekanand Shadh Shati Samoroh Samiti, confirmed the development and said the scheme would be available for girls from this year.
Mukund Kulkarni, principal of the institute, said, “The aim is to encourage girl students to take up ITI courses and create awareness about its benefits. Since the institute is located in the rural area, the response from the girls is not very encouraging. Hence, the scheme has been launched from this year to increase inclination of girls.”
“Since the last two years, no girl has taken admission in the institute. Earlier too, the response was poor with only 7-8 girls taking ITI courses. People from rural areas believe that ITI courses are suitable for boys only,” he said.
“To clear this misconception, the institute is spreading awareness among the students by conducting workshops and by distributing pamphlets in villages in Gansavangi taluka. The college is contacting every school principal and have put up posters in schools,” Kulkarni said.
“The institute runs one-year and two-year courses. Girls enrolling themselves for any course would be eligible for the scholarship. The online admission process will begin from June 24. We have received at least 20 inquiries from girl students. We hope to admit all of them this year,” Kulkarni added.