Late Dr. Ranjit Singh Rozi Shiksha Kendra (RSK) is an Institute project set up to reach out to the nearby villages and contribute towards the employability of rural youth. RSK was initiated in the year 2019 by the generous donation from Late Dr. Ranjit Singh, an esteemed alumnus of 1965 batch of IITK. He was passionate about the development of rural India and desired to catalyse a socio-economic transformation where the less privilaged at the bottom of the economic pyramid would get an equal opportunity in education, technology,and development. The construction of the 3000 sq. ft building has been completed. Rozi Shiksha Kendra (RSK) project progressed during the financial year 2020-2021. With online education and livelihood as two major theme areas of RSK, several activities were carried out:
RSK is making efforts to promote sustainable agriculture through restoring local ecologies and promoting natural food. Effort is to enhance the income of the farmers by reducing input costs and connecting them to market, using organic resources available in the farms, and demonstrating setting up food forests with high biodiversity and low maintenance.
(1) NABARD sponsored a visit of progressive organic farmers under the CAT scheme and a group of 25 farmers were selected. In the month of March 2021, they met a well-known farmer, Prem Bhai at Banda and visited Krishi Vigyan Kendra Banda. The trip motivated most of the farmers to proceed with value addition of organic products and find market linkages.
(2) Aranyaani sponsored a Natural Soap making workshop attended by village women in February 2020. Soaps had natural ingredients like turmeric, coconut oil, mahua oil, sesame oil,honey, etc.
Creating a cadre of skilled manpower and generating work opportunities are the focal themes of RSK. In line with the Sustainability Development Goal 8, the aim is to ensure sustainable economic growth with highly skilled manpower and productive work for all.
RSK undertook the task of skilling young people in tailoring to get them employment and training to set up social enterprises. Training partner, Pratham Education Foundation, offered courses certified by NSDC, Govt. of India. Three batches completed the course, in which 50 trainees were given training of Sewing Machine Operator. Three Self-Help Groups of women were formed in the villages and were registered under National Rural Livelihood Mission. With credit linkages, now they are already setting stalls in exhibitions and ready to take orders from the market.