Community College
        About Us
 

As part of our 25th year celebrations, we inaugurated the Shishu Mandir Community College on the 1st January 2008. We are positioned in a community where the majority of the people are daily wage earners who can ill afford to educate their children well. Close to half the population live below the poverty line. In order to extend our support to more families, we decided on the model of a Community College that would address the school dropouts and youth in the area. More importantly, no fee is charged from the students.

The College provides skill training in the fields of Computer Application, Tailoring, Fitters, Electrical and Automobile (two-wheeler) training. The Automobile and Fitter training are six-month courses, while the others are designed to run for one year with full-day classes. In addition to the specific skill, students attend classes in Basic English and Life Skills. They are also encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including sports and art and craft. What's more, in keeping with Shishu Mandir's educational philosophy, no more than 15 students are enrolled in each group.

As with the school here too the focus has been on individualised attention, small groups and providing an atmosphere of respect and understanding. We are acutely aware that the students come from extremely harsh circumstances and are ill equipped to find steady employment. Their outlook towards life and their attitudes reflect this strongly and the purpose of our Life Skills classes is to change these into socially acceptable behaviour, a positive mindset and motivation to improve their lives.

With these practices firmly in place, we were able to secure employment for most of our students in small-scale industries in the neighbourhood. Our Automobile Training department is sponsored by the Bosch Foundation. These students were able to get accepted by the Yamaha Showroom which is employing our students readily for another one-year apprenticeship and after that possibly for permanent employment.

From shy and shabby youngsters, they have transformed into young adults with a renewed hope for their lives.

March 2012