State Bank of Patiala’s Rural Self-Employment Training Institute is doing a great job to make people independent and teaching them skills with which they can make a living. In the academic year of 2015-16, the institute has trained around 504 students the skills, which can make them independent.
The courses that are offered by the institute are as per the requirement of the market; they train the students for services like sewing, beauty parlour, raj mistri, dress designing, bee keeping, mobile services. The institute offers training to students belonging to families, which are Below Poverty Line and the training given to them is free of cost. To help them in adding to their family’s income, the students which learn sewing and embroidery are gifted free sewing machines, so that after passing out they can start their own work.
The institute had also conducted a special course in self-employment at Talwandi Sabo for the MGNREGA workers, who have completed more than 100 days of work. The students are awarded with certificates of their training and their performance. While the course is free of cost, the students are also offered travel allowance and refreshments while they are studying at the institute.
To further encourage them and help them in running their own business after passing out from the institute, the students are also assisted with bank loans with easy installments. This helps them in setting up their business at the initial stage. Since the institute has started serving for this noble cause, it has trained around 1, 500 students so far. The training is carried out at the District Red Cross Building in Bathinda. The age group of the students whom the training is given vary from the age of as young as 23 and as old as 28. This is the correct age to train any student any skill, which is the need of the hour. Their pick-up is good and their minds are sharp and ready to learn something new at this age.
RSETI doesn’t just leaves the students once the training is done but supports them for the next two years so that they can be well versed in the art they are practicing. The young minds of BPL families need these kinds of trainings and will help the families rise above and get a better standard of living. This will even encourage other youngsters around them to do something of their own and be self-dependent.