Mrs. Raji Natarajan has been a vocal supporter of KViK right from its inception a year ago, constantly appreciating our initiatives and encouraging to continue despite all odds. On 15th, in the function to celebrate completion of one year, she gave us a shot in the arm by presenting a cheque for Rs. 1 lakh! She could not participate in the function as she was on a pilgrimage with family in the Himalayas. Our common friend Mrs. Vaishali handed over the cheque on her behalf. It is a great morale booster for the management of KViK and its volunteer supporters.
Thank you very much, Raji!
Similarly, Mr. F.R.Singhvi, Joint Managing Director of Sansera Engineering, personally arrived to hand over a cheque for Rs.1 lakh from Sansera Foundation, for purchase of badly needed work benches and other furniture.
Thank you, Mr. Singhvi and the Sansera Foundation!
Mr. Subbu Hegde gave the august audience a glimpse of promoters’ vision and mission in starting KViK a year ago. Desire to give back something to the society triggered the idea of making school dropouts ’employable’ by providing vocational skill training. Strategies included high quality of training, selecting skills most needed for economic growth and close loop system of sourcing students, providing training as per Modular Employment Scheme of Central Government and placement in good companies. He said, sourcing students has been the biggest challenge and placement the least, despite the fact that all the students trained by KViK have secured jobs in good companies with good salary. In order to create awareness about the excellent opportunities in vocational training, a short film has been made by the volunteers, staff and students of KViK and it will be screened in the villages and slums before counselling sessions. The film was formally launched by the Chief Guest Mr. A.N.Chandramouli, President, BCIC and MD of Starrag India.
The address by the Chief Guest:
Mr. Chandramouli lauded the noble objectives of the directors of KViK in serving the society by providing training in vocational skills. With the example of Plumbing, which is hidden in the walls of the buildings but so vital for daily living, he showed how ‘skill’ and not knowledge that makes a difference to the development of the economy. He went on to give a wider dimension and meaning to the KViK logo of ‘hand with diamond’. He said, the fingers are like different skills and knowledge of varying degree. Individually each finger can not do much. But when brought together, they can do many things, starting from grasping the food to eat, to focus and produce something valuable, such as diamond. He expressed confidence that KViK will grow from 6 students passed out last year and from current enrollment of 60, to 600 next year and 6000 in the near future! He wished KViK’s management, staff and students very best of success.
The certificate distribution and address by the Guest of Honour:
Mr. K.Vijaykumar, CEO of Vigirom group of companies, handed the certificates to the students of the current batch of 3 modules, viz., Electrical, Electronics and Tally, on successful completion of the course. In his address, he explained how the current primary and secondary school education in government schools promotes students constantly to the upper classes without assessing their learning and how the students find it difficult to secure admission to college or secure gainful employment without learning the basics. In view of this gloomy scenario, he said, vocational skill training is essential to make such young boys and girls employable. The experience sharing by some of the ex.students who are now employed shows how KViK’s methodology is not only training them in skills but also builds self confidence in them which is so essential for their success. He appreciated KViK’s vision and efforts in this direction and wished it a great success.
Vote of thanks:
Mr. Subbu Hegde said that for promoters of KViK it has been a fulfilling experience to witness the lives of poor desperate boys and girls being transformed towards financial security and stability in a short time of 3 to 4 months! He gave the example of Subhash, who was brought to KViK by Vidya, an NGO, to train in some vocational skill as he had refused to go to school. After training in repair of electronic gadgets in KViK Reliance ResQ wanted to hire Subhash but found that he was only 16 years of age, while the minimum age for employment is 18 years. As Subhash had shown keen interest in learning, KViK asked him to come to the training centre and keep practicing, free of charge. Now Subhash, on his own, joined a school in the 10th standard class and has desire to join college after SSLC!
Mr. Hegde attributed the success of KViK to many people. Among them, the following stand out:
- Mr. Ajeet Karan, KViK Director, who has been a source of strength both in words and deed;
- Mr. Manjunath, KViK Director, whose help started from registration of the company;
- Mrs. Veena Hegde, KViK Director, who taught ‘spoken English’ till a regular trainer was hired;
- Mrs. Seethalakshmi Rao, who developed this website and visited villages to spread awareness on KViK training;
- Mrs. Krupa Chakravarthy, along with Mrs. Seetha Rao, main person behind making the film on KViK;
- Mr. Chakrapany, who retired as Vocational Training Manager from Bosch and has offered his services free;
- The journalist pair of Vaishali and Arun who come out with creative ideas and helped connect to important people;
- Mr. Vijaykumar of Vigirom, who sponsored the fees for the current batch of 40 students of KViK and has assured more;
- Mr. F.R.Singhvi of Sansera Foundation, which has donated equipment worth Rs. 1 lakh;
- Mr. Sampathkumar, Secretary General of BCIC, who helped in government recognition to KViK as vocational Training Provider;
- Mr. Ravi of Reliance ResQ, who was the first to employ KViK students;
- Mrs. Mahalaxmi Kumar, Principal of PSBB Leadership Academy , who has motivated her teachers and students to spread the KViK message in the surrounding villages;
- Kanah and Tarun, PSBB students, who have been part of our film shooting unit;
- Mr. Ravi Kelegeri, who lent shooting equipment for making the film;
- Rajagopal Murthy, the CEO of Santech Engineers, who is support our efforts to start Plumbing course, and
- KViK trainers M/s. K.H.Manjunath, Aswath Madhavan, Yashaswini, Preeti and Thara for their dedication.
The evening ended after a spellbinding magic show by Mr. Subramanya and scintillating dance and mime by students of KViK!
On 15th Sept 2014, KViK completed one year of training of school dropouts in vocational skills. To mark this occasion, KViK students, staff and management invited Mr. Chandramouli, Managing Director of Starrag India and President of Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) as the Chief Guest and Mr. Vijaykumar , CEO of Vigirom Group of companies as Guest of Honour. Other guests included Mr. Sampathkumar, Secretary General of BCIC, Mr. Rajagopal Murthy, CEO of Santech Engineers and Mr. F.R.Singhvi, JMD of Sansera Engineering.
In tune with the past record in last 10 months, four students of KViK have been placed in well paying jobs immediately after they finished their training. They were part of the larger batch 20 students for “Electronics”, seen with the trainers in the picture below. While 16 of them went back to school/college for furthering their studies after the training, the four joined the “Computer Hardware and repair of Electronics” course in KViK. Reliance ResQ once again came forward and absorbed our trainees.