Vocational centre for street kids at Chandigarh

A Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for empowering the street children and ensuring their rehabilitation as productive members of society will be dedicated to the residents of Chandigarh on October 27. The centre, to be inaugurated by the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator SF Rodrigues, has been set up by the administration at 4.5 acres of land in Maloya.

Chandigarh: A Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for empowering the street children and ensuring their rehabilitation as productive members of society will be dedicated to the residents of Chandigarh on October 27, 2008.

The centre, to be inaugurated by the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator SF Rodrigues, has been set up by the administration at 4.5 acres of land in Maloya.

The centre has facilities like Administrative-cum-Educational Block, Vocational Training Block, three residential blocks, library-cum-recreational hall, music room, computer training center, medical units, gymnasium and play ground.

Out of the three residential blocks, two blocks are meant for males inmates and one for girl inmates. Each residential block would accommodate 300 inmates, with facilities of dinning hall kitchen along with a caretaker residence. Especial arrangements at ground floor have been planned for handicapped persons.

Department of Social Welfare would run the centre through Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation.

Street children have been identified with the help of NGOs like Don Basco, Child Development Project Officer of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Labour Department.

Any child between the age group of five to 18 years who require care and protection due to any reasons or any child referred by the Child Welfare Committee or run away children or any child who works on the streets, single parent children working on the streets or children displaced due to natural disasters orphans and handicapped or having the impact of HIV/AIDS on the family would be eligible for taking admission in the centre.

Admission to the centre would be made by a committee consisting of Research Officer of Social Welfare Department, Resident Manager or Superintendent of VTC and representative of Child Welfare Committee.

The major objective of VTC is to enhance the sense of self worth, security and open employment avenues to these children by providing education, training and skill development in the trades like electrician, mechanic refrigeration and air conditioning, cutting tailoring and embroidery and plumbing among others.

An Advisory Committee would be formulated under the chairmanship of Managing Director CCWDC/DSW to take important decisions, to formulate rules and regulations and to make any amendments and deletions in the rules pertaining to this institute.

For the overall personality development of these children facilities like games and cultural activities are also made available to them.

For developing the inherent talents of the children in cultural activities, tie up with the North Zone Cultural Centre would be made. Besides, proper medical facility would also be provided for the children in the campus.

Special courses would be organised for children in the age group of 11 to 15 years for imparting information and knowledge through special curriculum, so that in the next two years time, they are brought to the level of standard of 8th and 9th.

During the day time they would pursue their respective training courses and in the evening the educational classes will be organised for them so that, after this, they could be inducted into formal system of education.

Once the child is admitted to the centre, the counsellor will prepare his case file, and would categorise the children into four categories including school going children, working children, working children undergoing vocational training and working children learning to read and write.

The administration is also planning for a stipend between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 for the inmates of the centre.

With the completion of the second phase, the centre would be in a position to cater to as many as 900 children.
iGovernment Bureau


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