It is trendy to ignore any government initiative as ineffective and blame it on them when things don’t go right in society. The Multidisciplinary training Centre (MTDC) set up by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission at Dooravaninagar, Bangalore, exists well below the range, disapproving this impression. The Centre does justice to the picture of Mahatma Gandhi weaving Khadi on his Charkha that is hung at its entrance, where it has been providing short-term training on the wide range of arts and crafts with minimal amount for the past six decades.
The fee for all the courses fall between INR 300 to 1,400, with the course duration running from two to six months, and includes courses like tailoring and embroidery, beautician training, mobile hardware making and repair, bakery, candle making, agarbatti making, detergent powder making, pottery, paper conversion and leather works. The same courses are free for women, minorities, scheduled castes and tribes and backward communities.
The Centre is spread over an area of 18 acres, in what used to be a prison under the British rule. It enables each course to run efficiently in separate blocks, thus giving university experience. The Centre claims to have helped over 12000 peoples get employed.
M. Chinnathambi, a lecturer at the MTDC said that various attempts are being made to bring social transformations in society, making no difference based on caste/tribe or craft.
Earning While Learning:
To let students sustain themselves during their training, some programs are made stipendiary, fetching Rs. 500 to the non-residential students and Rs. 1,500 to the residential ones.