Vivekanand Research and
Training Institute

Education & Vocational Training

Students of different academia, particularly those engaged in agriculture and rural development studies, have been visiting the VRTI Campus and its experimental farms to acquaint themselves with various on -going developmental programmes. VRTI encourages them by providing relevant practical guidance. VRTI has been also coordinating with the district Panchayat in education by running a model primary school in the natural ambiance of VRTI campus where it has provided the infrastructure facilities. Besides following the prescribed curriculum, emphasis is laid on enlightening the school children on Indian culture and values.

With a view to improving the educational standards in the district, VRTI has been distributing teaching aids and useful material in primary schools. Seminars, study tours and training programmes are also arranged for the teachers of these schools to raise their all –round standards and teaching capabilities so that these become model schools. Folk music programmes are also conducted in villages periodically to bring about awareness amongst parents on the importance of childrens education.

In the areas of vocational guidance and training, VRTI has been trying to keep pace with the changing times and the future needs.

Rural Employment Training & Production Programme

VRTI provides training to farmers for induction of new cultural practices, appropriate cropping pattern, use of improved seeds, nutrients and fertilizers, cattle rearing; vocations training to farmers, artisans and unemployed youths.

The objective of such employmet-oriented training programmes is to improve productivity and earns a decent livelihood. Interaction of cultivators and herdsmen (Maldharies) with experts and scientist through seminars, workshops, field visits and tours form an integral part of these programmes.

Training programmes for popular handicraft of Kutch, like tie -and-dye and embroidery, are also conducted by VRTI in close collaboration with its sister institutions namely, SHRUJAN TRUST AND VIVEKANAND GRAMODYOG SOCIETY which also extend their marketing support to the beneficiaries so trained.

Over the years, VRTI has conducted such employment oriented -cum-income generation training programmes under which trainees have benefited. This is over and above training imparted to the rural workers in the villages covered under its watershed development programmes.