JKEDI launches knitting programme

JKEDI launches knitting programme

The programme is first in a series of vocational trainings supported by the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) to be conducted by JKEDI.

Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) Thursday started a six-month vocational training programme in knitting for rural women at a community-driven employment resource centre in this impoverished neighbourhood of Pulwama district.

The programme is first in a series of vocational trainings supported by the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) to be conducted by JKEDI.

At least 30 young women from various villages of Kakapora have been enrolled for the programme at Block Employment Resource Centre for Youth (BERCY) – a gram panchayat-based community-driven learning pilot project of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

The programme focuses on women empowerment and their employability. Three-week entrepreneurship development training has been integrated in their six-month long curriculum to enable them learn about the basics of conducting business.

Candidates after successful completion of the vocation training will be linked to one of JKEDI’s financial schemes to help them start their own income generating micro ventures in knitting within or outside their villages.

JKEDI has at least four more vocational training programmes in the pipeline as per which youth in the rural district will be trained in computer and mobile phone repairing, electrical and plumbing trades.

Zubair Ul Rehman Lone, Project Manager, JKEDI, said the whole idea behind such initiative is to make rural youth, particularly women, “self-reliant”.

“We try to empower them to the level so that they can earn their livelihood and be independent,” Lone said, explaining the “crux of the initiative”.