Mangaluru: Under a tie-up programme with plumbing fitments and sanitary technology leader M/S Jaquar & Co Pvt Ltd, ‘Sani-tech Course for Ladies’ was inaugurated recently.
Students will be trained in plumbing fitments, service and maintenance in this course. This is a revolutionary step in the field, as plumbing field is dominated by males. As there is a huge demand for trained persons in this field, an opportunity for girls could very well be termed as a step towards women empowerment and gender equality.
The formal programme began with a prayer song lead by Wilson N, junior training officer. The students welcomed the gathering with a welcome dance. The welcome speech was delivered by Shakunthala, a trainee of the course. The chief guest of the programme was Dr Joseph Stanley-secretary, SKIP and Fr Dr Leo D’Souza, former director of the institution presided over it. Laxmikanth-area manager, M/s Jaquar; Fr Eric Mathias, director, Vincent Mendonsa, principal, Romius D’Souza, training officer and SKIP staff members were present during the occasion.
The dignitaries inaugurated the training programme by lighting the lamp. On behalf of the trainees of the course, Varsha and Sangeetha spoke and shared their opinion.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Joseph Stanley said, “It is a pleasure to see the speed with which the institution is growing. The students are indeed blessed to study in this institution which is committed for quality education. By collaborating with various industries and upgrading itself to match technological advancements, the institution has become a model institution. We keep showcasing this institution to others.”
Speaking on the occasion, Fr Eric Mathias said, “We see this course as a tool for women empowerment and gender equality. We would like more and more women to take up this course and become self reliant. It would be true revolution in the field dominated by men.”
In his presidential address, Fr Dr Leo Dsouza SJ said, “People in general have a false notion that the plumbing work means work related to toilets, one of the dirtiest place in the house. But, in fact, the course deals with sanitary and pipe fittings in the entire house or the complex. Moreover, toilet in the modern house is a more hygienic and a clean place. The beauty of the house is judged by the cleanliness and aesthetics of the toilet. The plumbing technicians are the persons who are highly paid across the globe and it is an excellent trade for entrepreneurship.”
Raghu rendered the vote of thanks. Robin Vas, junior training officer, compered the programme. The programme concluded with national anthem.
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