DNAIndia.com - Plumber Goddesses of God's Own Country

With Kerala’s male population going abroad for jobs, Malayali women wrench an opportunity to make a unique statement about gender equality. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham began offering a three-month course in plumbing from January this year 2012, the responses were mostly from women.

The Pioneer - No Longer a Man's Monopoly

Even though India might have made giant strides in several fields of education, vocational education is an area which remains largely neglected.

Sakshat Amrita Vocational Education Started to Train Women in Plumbing and Fabric Painting

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham started a unique programme called SAVE (Sakshat Amrita Vocational Education) to train people in areas like fabric painting and plumbing. The course which is free of cost for the participants uses cutting-edge technology to extend training facilities to people who have long been on the sidelines.

Training on Plumbing

On August 11, 2011, SAVE delivered for the first time, the Assistant Plumbing course based on the Modular Employable Skills (MES) syllabus at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala. Participants consisted of 7 women from within 10 to 15 km of the Amritapuri campus. While varied in their educational attainment, occupational histories, and economic levels (above poverty level, but towards the lower economic spectrum), the participants were driven to initiate a positive change in their lives with the hope that completion of the course would lead to better opportunities for themselves and family.

Fun at work, a Day with Mosaic Tiles and Creativity @ AMMACHI Lab

On the 16th of October, a workshop on Mosaic Tiling, an art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of coloured tiles was conducted exclusively for AMMACHI Labs associates. The workshop was guided under the direction of a master tiler named Kaan James from California.