SIKKIM, India (CBS) -- Authorities to impart bamboo craft training to the women in northeastern India with an aim to empower them and, make them realize their true potential.
In a bid to generate employment and empower women, provincial government of India's northeastern Sikkim state launched a bamboo craft-training institute.
The lives of these unemployed women, hailing from weak socio economic background changed substantially. Initiation of bamboo craft centre made these rural women self-reliant.
The main aim of the institute was to ensure economic development of the rural women.
Instructor of bamboo craft, Sunita Chettri, said in northeastern Gangtok city, on Thursday (May 16), that women could earn money by making the products sitting at home and could later sell it in the market.
"Bamboo craft is the first time in Sikkim. Most of the students are more interested in bamboo. They are very interested. They want to do training here and they want to make the product at home and sell it to the market," said Chettri.
The onus of after training placement in industries dealing with handicraft and bamboo products is upon the institute. Besides learning bamboo craft, students also recognized their role in building a stronger nation.
Women seemed enthusiastic to learn the new craft.
"Rather than staying at home being unemployed, I opted for this training program as I want to make my future bright. After learning the art, we can stay at our village and sell these products through marketing without going anywhere outside," said Anu Rasaily, a trainee.
In the first batch of training program, around fifty trainees from all over the province enrolled for the course, which included 11 boys.
Similar institutes are being run by the state through self help groups working in different areas like agriculture, handloom, poultry, dairy, small food processing unit, bee keeping, cane and bamboo craft and weaving to provide opportunities to the rural people to showcase their art and gain self reliance.