The Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has invited applications from persons with disabilities for its training programme, beginning April 5.

The trust was started in 1997 by C.K. Mahantesh in Bangalore. The organisation regularly organises training programmes for the disabled and helps them find jobs in well-known BPOs.

Praveen Kadibagale, resource mobiliser, and Asif Makandar, training coordinator, told presspersons here on Saturday that the trust established an office in Dharwad in 2009, and later in Belgaum and Gadag to help the disabled in north Karnataka districts.

A Livelihood Resource Centre was established in Dharwad to train persons with disabilities. So far, over 100 disabled persons had been trained and they have secured jobs in reputed companies.

The centre also has hostels for men and women.

They mentioned that two candidates from the previous batch had found placements.

Siddappa Kutanur from Alur village has secured a job in a BPO run by the Aditya Birla group in Bangalore, and earns Rs. 7,000 a month. The other trainee, Madivalappa from Gulbarga, got employed in the chain of hotels run by Vasudev Adiga, and earns Rs. 6,500 a month, besides free food and shelter.

Mr. Makandar said that those interested in enrolling for the training programme should call 8105556047 or contact the Programme Manager, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, No. 48, Dasappa and Sons Building, Gandhi Nagar, Dharwad— 580004 (0836-3194038).

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