Times flies fast. It was as though only the other day that we had celebrated the 1st anniversary! On 15th Sept 2015 the front lawns of training centre at #7, Weavers Colony were an amalgam of colours and sounds! The colourful shamiyana, decorative lights and buntings, students in colourful attire milling around contributed to the festive atmosphere.
The program started with the introduction of the chief guest Mr. F.R.Singhvi, the Joint Managing Director of Sansera Engineering Pvt. Ltd and a major supporter of KViK from the beginning. Soon Mrs. Sangeetha Kulkarni, CEO Brickwork India Ltd joined the celebration as a Guest of Honour. Mr. Subbu Hegde gave an account of the success achieved by KViK in a short span of 2 years in training 100 students in various vocations. Motivating school and college drop outs to take up lucrative vocational skill training, however, remains a challenge.
Mr. Singhvi started his address by saying three cheers to KViK! He explained with statistical data the terrible shortage of skilled human resource in every sector of the economy and the need to fill it urgently. As the government has failed to fill this gap, like in many other areas, it is now left to the private initiative to rise to the occasion. He lauded KViK and its directors for taking up this challenge without any profit motive and complimented them for the significant success achieved so far. He said he has no doubt that KViK will grow in coming years and become a benchmark for others to follow. He assured his support to KViK in the future too.
Mrs. Sangeetha Kulkarni, appreciated the focus on making poor school drop outs employable and offered to support the initiative in whichever way she could. To begin with, Brickwork India will source and sponsor girl students from the nearby villages. She also announced setting up a library to cultivate the habit of reading among the students.
Mr. Arun Kumar and Vaishali Khandekar, publisher of Reading Hour, have been active supporters of KViK. Arun spoke about the plight of school and college drop outs and praised the KViK team for helping them find a way in life. Past student Padma also spoke about the training in KviK and expressed her gratitude to its management. Later Certificates were issued to 20 students who recently completed their 6 months training in Computer Basic with Tally, or Special Water Purifier course and are ready to be employed.
In the midst of all this, the guests were taken round the training facility. A live demonstration of trouble-shooting a defective water purifier in a matter of minutes by the students made it a memorable experience for the guests. Guests were also impressed by the Store management on Japanese 5S principles and the examples of ‘Learning by Doing’.
Mr. T V Ramesh, Training Manager, proposed the vote of thanks. Later the students entertained the guests with enchanting dance performance!