New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is offering a wide variety of vocational and other courses to women, some of them for free, in a bid to empower them.
NDMC Chairman Jalaj Shrivastava has said that training facilities are available for sewing, embroidery, needle work, stenography (English and Hindi), dress designing, textile designing and hair dressing at the Women Technical Institute in South Delhi’s Netaji Nagar area.
The NDMC-run institute also runs courses for computer operators and programme assistants, cookery, catering and home management.
Each of these courses is for a year. Music and dance classes are also held at the institute.
Shrivastava informed that anyone in the age group of 14 to 40 years can get admission. One should have passed at least Class VII to get admission for cutting and sewing lessons. Only school passouts can take stenography and computer-related courses.
There is no fee for these courses barring the one for music and dance, where too the fees is nominal — between Rs.60 and Rs.100 a month, said Shrivastava.
Shrivastava informed that the NDMC is also running 50 craft centers in the entire NDMC area where women are trained in art and craft, cutting and tailoring and embroidery. Any woman can walk in throughout the year for training and there is no test for admission.
The fees structure for these courses is also very nominal — Rs.30 per month for embroidery and Rs.20 for other courses.
Shrivastava said that the NDMC is also running a day-time school for girls and women dropouts in Kidwai Nagar, also in south Delhi. Any woman up to the age of 35 years can apply throughout the year.
The school provides free education up to Class 10. There are no fees and even text books are provided free of cost.