Institute of Research and Development for the Rural Poor (IRDRP), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Contact: Dr. Irudayasamy
Dates: May 2022 – April 2025
Total Budget: Rs. 1,024,400
2022 Budget: Rs. 425,000
This vocational training program is planned to provide training in Computers (90 per year), Tailoring (90 per year), and Cell Phone Repair (60 per year) to 15–35 years old females and males from tribal communities and backward classes in and around 10 villages near Chennai. The trainees will also be provided various life skills training.
The first batch of students has already completed the 4-month training. The 30 students in Computers (18 girls and 12 boys) were taught computer operating systems as well as various software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Photoshop etc. Help is now being provided to these students to get related jobs in the companies in the area.
Similarly, 30 students have completed the 4-month Cell Phone Repair training, which has taught them how to repair and replace various parts by the proper use of different tools. They have also learnt how to use the wiring diagrams and the techniques for troubleshooting the problems.
The 30 students in Tailoring (mostly women) have learnt how to make various types of clothes for women and babies. Many of these women are expected to set up their own small businesses with the help of IRDRP and related government programs.