17 November 2006

Work Training

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are communities that are accorded special status by the Constitution of India. These communities were considered 'outcastes' and were excluded from the Chaturvarna system (the social structure of Hindu society for thousands of years).

These communities had traditionally been relegated to the most menial labour with no possibility of upward mobility, and subject to social disadvantage and exclusion. The Scheduled Tribes unable to participate in the community life of Society were deprived the opportunity to integrate and enjoy corresponding opportunities for educational, social and economic growth.

Scheduled Caste people are also known as Dalits; Scheduled Tribe people are also referred to as Adivasis. Gandhi used the terms Harijan and Girijan respectively.

The disadvantage faced by such a large section of Hindu society (SCs/STs together comprise over 24% of India's population, with SC at over 16% and ST over 8% as per 2001 census.

Local Governments try to offer different programmes and opporunities for further and technical education to members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in order to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy opportunities for social and economic growth. In this respect two such programmes are being currently offered in this area.

Free vocational training
The Department of Backward Classes Welfare will offer courses on radio and TV equipment for 100 people from Tiruvannamalai District. The age limit for the six month course has been fixed at 32 years old with a minimum qualification of a SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) education level.

The course will be open to candidates from the categories of: Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities.

Catering service course
It has been announced that THADCO (a financial institution) has offered a one-year free catering training course for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates under a self-employment training scheme.

The programme is to be executed by THADCO through Bharat Institute of Hotel Management, Tiruvannamalai and Om Sakthi Industrial School, Cheyyar. Approximately 120 students are expected to benefit from the scheme. Participants in the scheme will be between the ages of 15-35 and have reached a SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) education level.

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