Technical courses for the tsunami victims

Special Correspondent

VELLORE: A two-day seminar on `Development of Technical Courses for Leadership and Empowerment of Tsunami Victims' organised by the Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA) of the Christian Medical College at the CMC Hospital here on Friday and Saturday discussed technical courses that could be imparted to the youth among the tsunami victims in Tamil Nadu.

Xavier Alphonse, Director, Madras Centre for Research and Development of Community Education, said the MCRDCE was supporting 1000 tsunami-affected youths in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam, Kanyakumari and Kolachel, by imparting nine one-year vocational courses to them in 30 community colleges run by non-governmental organisations in different parts of the State.

The main subjects of the courses included pre-school teaching, health assistance, air-conditioning and refrigerator mechanism, 4-wheeler mechanism, house electrician mechanism, fashion designing, garment-making, and computer data processing operations.

Dr. Alphonse said the courses comprised teaching of life-coping skills, communication skills and English knowledge for 21 weeks, work skills for 20 weeks, internship in the work places for eight weeks and two weeks of preparation for employment. While those who have passed the standard X or Plus-Two were imparted the above vocational and technical courses, the lesser-qualified youth were taught non-formal courses in boat mechanism, mending of fishing nets and retailing of fish.

Solomon Kribakaran, Coordinator, RUHSA Community College Programme, said the CMC had sponsored 11 tsunami-affected students who have passed standard X and above to undergo vocational courses. .

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