NSDC and IOCL empowers jail inmates through skill development

Vadodara: To empower the jail inmates at Vadodara central jail and to give them a new lease on life, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has organized a certification ceremony for 87 candidates on Wednesday for completing the training and assessment under a CSR project undertaken for skill development of 133 jail inmates. The event is graced by senior officials and representatives from NSDC and IOCL.

This CSR project is aimed at training prison inmates so that once they come out of prison, they have relevant skills to find apt jobs. The certification ceremony will be facilitated by Sri Sri Rural Development Programme Trust, a training partner under the project.

The inmates are trained in sectors like automotive, electronics, paints and coatings, construction, furniture and fittings, plumbing, apparel, handicrafts, and carpet.

For project implementation, NSDC’s training partner establishes a skill development center within the jail premises with support from the jail management to impart skill development training in the courses approved by the authorities. Thereby, the convicted inmates are provided training in several courses including a field technician, tailor, hand embroiderer, carpenter, two-wheeler service technician, painter, electrician, plumber, and more.

One of the fundamental objectives of the training program is to ensure rehabilitation and reentry into society of people who are imprisoned. The initiative will help in providing skill training to the offenders to avert them from committing criminal and fraudulent acts while promoting skill development in prisons to facilitate their reintegration into society.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO, of NSDC and MD, of NDC International said, “It is encouraging to know that 87 jail inmates will be certified under a CSR initiative undertaken in collaboration with our esteemed partner, IOCL. Such skill training initiatives will begin to open new chapters in their lives and provide them with the hope of transitioning their lives for good. This ceremony is a testimony of NSDC’s continual efforts in enhancing opportunities for under-served sections of society and enabling them to finetune their skills to become independent in the community. I firmly believe that the initiative will raise hope among the beneficiaries. NSDC has also implemented other such initiatives to speed up the process, bringing flexibility in scheme guidelines and norms to conduct training and provision to provide placement opportunity to the prisoners to promote the diversity and inclusion in the society.”

Under the CSR Project being conducted for skill development training of inmates, 92 candidates at Ahmedabad Central Jail were given certificates for completing the training and assessment on April 28, 2023.