SEWA Rural

Project: Residential Vocational Training
Location: Bharuch District, Gujarat
Category: Income Generation and Training


Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra

SEWA Rural is based in the Bharuch District of Gujarat. This NGO has been very active in health care, as well in community health, education of girls, and microcredit programs. A few years ago, SEWA founded the Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra (VGTK) to provide skills training to tribal youths who come from poor economic backgrounds.

The need for income generation among the tribals and scheduled caste youth is great. Under the VGTK program, these students are given support to pay for boarding, lodging, and skills training over a period of a year. The government of Gujarat covers a portion of the costs. These youths are trained specifically to meet the requirements of the industries in the surrounding area. Young men learn to be lathe operators, welders, machinists, electricians, and printers; in addition, weekly classes in computer literacy and engineering drawing are offered. Students are assessed and graded every two weeks.

The students visit several job sites to learn about the practical aspects of employment in various industries; this helps them become employable once the initial training is over. In addition to skills training, the youths are also taught life skills and values education.

The total number of students trained at VGTK in a typical year is about 200. IDS funds have supported 15 students this past year. The program is selective; out of 627 prospective students interviewed for admission, 239 were accepted, and 200 completed the training.

In an independent evaluation of this program, it was found that 90% of the students completed training, 96% have been placed in various industries, 70% still retain their jobs, and about 10% are self employed. These students’ family income has increased significantly. Less than 4% remain unemployed

IDS Coordinator: Nila Vora
Project Manager: Shrey Desai

–2016 IDS Annual Report

SEWA Rural is an NGO in Jhagadia, Gujarat which carries out many activities—including health care, children’s education, and youth skills training—to improve the lives of the poor in the Bharuch District of Gujarat. One of SEWA’s centers, the Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra (VGTK), offers residential training in various vocations for young people.


The training center has been in existence since 1987, and so far, over 2,300 students have been given one-year residential training placement assistance. In the 2015–16 school year, 218 students were enrolled at VGTK, 15 of whom were supported by IDS. These students were preparing to become electricians, carpenters, welders, computer operators, machinists, and printers. The cost per student per year is $775.

Each student’s curriculum includes hands-on, year-round training, and each program consists of two months spent on the job site. In addition to vocational training, students receive lessons in various life skills such as time management, health and hygiene, self-confidence, and teamwork.

The current batch of students will be ready for job placement by summer 2017. In the past, the placement rate for graduates of the VGTK program has been more than 90%.

One recent graduate was V. P. Thakor, who wanted to learn some trade skills but unfortunately was diagnosed with a heart condition and required treatment at a city hospital. However, due to his keen interest, he completed his training as an electrician. Today he is gainfully employed, earning more than Rs. 6,000 a month.

–2015 IDS Annual Report