Students of Brajkishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya at a computer class on the premises in Bargain, 6km from Ranchi, on Monday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Hopes of jobs have brightened up for this group of visually impaired girls from Ranchi district.
The nine tribal students of Brajkishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya, tucked away in the remote area of Bargain, around 6km from the state capital, will undergo an advanced course in computer, starting from this month.
The programme is of two years.
Bangalore-based NGO, EnAble India, will train the girls so that they can later take up jobs in IT firms.
To start with, EnAble India will itself absorb these nine girls in its organisation after successful completion of their training.
The idea to impart job skills to these students was mooted by P.P. Verma and his wife Neelu, founder trustees of the school.
Neelu said, We are also aiming to set up a call centre here in Jharkhand, so that all our students can get jobs here.
At present, 32 visually impaired students, between 5 and 16 years, study at the residential school, sprawled over 13 acres, from Kindergarten to Plus Two. While nine will undergo the advanced course, the rest will pick up the basics of computer at the school and will be made job-ready in the next phase.
The lucky ones chosen for the first batch are Pushpa Tirkey, Sarita Kumari, Sheela Kumari, Sunita Tirkey, Munita Minz, Deepika Minz, Sita Kumari and Monica Minz, all from Class X, and Anu Kumari from Class XII.
An elated Anu said, I have already picked up the basics of computer and now looking forward to the advanced course. I am really excited about the call centre job.
Sita, who is already a master in computer games, echoed Anu.
Apart from learning music, my favourite subjects are computer and English. This training will be a boon for us as well-known companies might offer us jobs, she said.
Equally optimistic were the other girls.
Aaj kal computer ka zamana hain. Har ek sector mein computer padhai jaroori ho gaya hain (We are living in the age of computers. In every sector these days, knowledge in computers is a must), said Munita and Sunita.
Poonam Devi, centre-in-charge and a computer teacher herself, spoke highly of the selected girls.
I want all my students to become proficient in IT skills despite suffering from physical disabilities. As far as their IQ level is concerned, they are no less than their mainstream counterparts, she said.
Brajkishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya, set up in 1986, is the only free residential school exclusively for visually impaired girls in the state.