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Kudumbasree Mission to join hands with KVASU

The Kudumbasree Mission is joining hands with the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) to launch projects in the animal husbandry and allied sectors to empower women in the State.

The Kudumbasree Mission and the KVASU had jointly organised a State-level workshop at the university headquarters at Pookode recently to chalk out a strategy.

The mission is planning to begin four community colleges this year for the overall development of women and one of the institutions will be in the agriculture, livestock, and allied sectors, K.B. Valsalakumari, Executive Director of the Kudumbasree Mission, said. This college is proposed on the Kerala Agriculture University campus at Vellanikkara in Thrissur. “We have asked KVASU authorities to reserve a few seats in the B.VSc and B.Tech courses of the university through lateral entry for those members achieving the required credit awarded by the community college,” Dr. Valsalakumari said.

The KVASU would explore the possibility of collaboration in terms of content preparation and various training programmes associated with the college, S. Ramkumar, Director (Entrepreneurship), KVASU, told The Hindu .

The KVASU had decided to launch a 12-month diploma course this academic year in integrated farming through distance mode for women members of self-help groups, especially under the Kudumbasree, who have missed the opportunity for higher learning after the SSLC examination, he said.

“Many women could not pursue higher education owing to financial difficulties and the diploma course in two semesters will help them start their own enterprises. It will also help them to act as advisers for prospective women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and allied sectors, he added.

The KVASU would offer technical advice, training, and service assistance to various projects of the Kudumbasree such as Kozhikoottam, a pilot project to be launched Wayanad to attain self-sufficiency in the poultry sector; Para-vet, a project envisaged to provide assistance to the farm community by linking them with animal husbandry experts though trained VHSC students; technology transfer to the farm community and members of the Kudumbasree through village resource centres; and training programmes to micro entrepreneurs as well as block and district-level officials of the Kudumbasree, he said.



To launch projects in animal husbandry and allied sectors



Objective is to empower women