A follow-up survey conducted by SSM on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee in 2009, revealed that, hardly 10 to 15% of the students go for higher education. The remaining 85 to 90% discontinue their education due to various reasons including their poor economic condition, lack of motivation and proper guidance. The survey also revealed that since this young force has no life skill, they spend most of the prime time of their life doing odd jobs. Many of them end up as farm laborers.
With an objective to change the grave situation and to compliment formal education with need based technical and vocational courses, SSM initiated “Utkarsh” – Vocational Training Center in 2009, its golden jubilee year.
Presently, 5 short term vocational courses viz. Assistant Nursing, Tailoring, Police and Defense Pre-selection Training, Wire-man and Motor Rewinding and plumbing facilitate training for about 250 youth every year. Besides imparting training in technical skills, the center also provides for –
- Basic Computer Education
- English communication skill
- Value Education
- Exposure visits
- Visits of experts for special guidance
- Linkage with industries for placement
SSM plans to initiate a few more need based courses to equip 600 youth with technical / vocational skills. The proposed courses include beautician, food processing, masonry and agriculture stream.
A few success stories:
- PlumbingBeneficiary Name: Suryakant BhosaleCurrent Address: Sinhagad Road, Pune.Contact details: 8552097880Job or Business: JobPosition: Assistant PlumberCompany Name: Nanded City Construction, Pune.
Earning: Rs. 9500/month + Free Accommodation
- NursingBeneficiary Name: Sangeeta Kondiba AthawaleCurrent Address: Warje, Pune.Contact details: 8855973211Job or Business: JobPosition: Assistant NurseCompany Name: Cipla Foundation, Pune.
Earning: Rs. 9000/month.
- Wireman and Motor RewindingBeneficiary Name: Balaji Vyankatrao WatambeCurrent Address: At Post Narangal, Tq. Naigaon, Dist. NandedContact details: 8806524383Job or Business: BusinessPosition: Self EmployedCompany Name: NA
Earning: Rs. 10000/month
- TailoringBeneficiary Name: Godawari KingulwarCurrent Address: At Post Sagroli, Tq. Biloli, Dist. NandedContact details:Job or Business: BusinessPosition: Self EmployedCompany Name: -Monthly Earning: Rs. 4000/month