Staff Reporter

Finishing school for women launched

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath has said Rs.12.32 crore will be released to the State Social Welfare Department for implementing women’s empowerment schemes in the State.

She was addressing a gathering here on Tuesday after inaugurating the Resources Enhancement Academy for Career Heights (REACH), a finishing school established by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC).

Congratulating the KSWDC for launching the project, Ms. Tirath said it would open up a world of opportunities for job- seeking young women.

It was launched under the Flagship Programme on Finishing School announced by the State government under the 11th Plan.

REACH is aimed at fine-tuning the skills of professionally qualified women. A statement released by the KSWDC said the academy would offer IT-enabled training and communicative English courses for B.Ed holders, IELTS training for nurses etc.

REACH will train 650 candidates in the first year. Seventy percent of the seats will be reserved for BPL candidates.

The academy will also provide hostel facility.

State Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy presided over the inaugural function.