Skill training in village industries with government stipend would be offered at the Gandhi Niketan Ashram, Dr. J.C. Kumarappa Institute of Rural Technology and Development, an institutional training centre of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at T. Kallupatti in the district from November 9.

Six-month training in footwear and leather goods manufacturing, five-month training in tailoring and embroidery, four-month training in servicing of electronics and electrical appliances, three-month training in welding and fabrication, fancy leather and rexin goods making, motor winding, cutting and tailoring, two-month training in exercise book manufacturing, toilet and laundry soap making, handmade paper conversion (notebooks, file, cover, carry bag, etc,.), fruits and vegetable processing, one-month training in spices and masala making, detergent cake making, two-week training in screen printing, week-long training in cleaning powder making, detergent powder, fruit jam, squash and pickles making, and four-day training in bio manure and vermin-compost would be offered.

According to Principal R. Rajendran, men and women who have cleared Standard VIII/X and are within 45 years of age are eligible for admission. Successful candidates would be awarded KVIC certificates. Trained candidates could get career guidance.

Application forms along with brochures could be obtained from the training centre by sending a money order for Rs. 35.

Applications with details of candidates along with photocopies of certificates, passport-size photograph and a self-addressed envelope affixed with a Rs.5 stamp should reach the following address:

The Principal, Dr. J.C. Kumarappa Institute of Rural Technology and Development, Gandhiniketan Ashram, T. Kallupatti, Madurai 625 702. (phone 04549 272 365).Free hostel accommodation would be provided to outstation candidates.

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