A recent study has suggested that in comparison to vocational training centres run by the government — many of which have courses that stretch as long as two years — those who graduate from the Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) have a higher rate of job placement.The impact made by the DSK on the students at the centre has been quite significant.
We enumerate here how they have been able to change their life style and way of thinking after completing their course at the DSK:
- Students take the DSK’s message of equality back to their homes and communities.
- More and more students are coming to the DSK, because they see the success of their friends who have graduated from the DSK.
- The DSK has reached a point where admissions have to be closed after admitting the required numbers because of heavy rush of students in some of the courses. This is happening despite the fact that we have increased the capacity. For example, for the computer course, as against the original capacity of 15, we have increased it to 45.
- More female students are attending the DSK than ever before. More than 50% of those who are admitted are females, which suggests a reduction in the gender bias.
- Increasing number of parents want their daughters to take be trained in the DSK, because they see positive changes in their daughters after they start their courses. They are less afraid to send their daughters because they see that they will return home as mature and socially responsible citizens.
- Apart from those who are traditionally identified as Dalits, students from socially backward sections of minorities, other backward classes (OBCs) and tribals, too, prefer to be trained at the DSK.
- About twice a month, visitors from other organizations who want to emulate DSK and use it as a successful model visit the campus.
- Industries of private sector, who want to implement affirmative action instead of reservation, have been approaching the DSK to help absorb students as employees. Those that have approached include Tata Motors, and Ambuja Cement.
- Students attending the DSK find that their employability has sharply gone up. About 50 per cent plus students find employment immediately after training.
- Many youth who had been unemployed in their villages have now become income earners for their families.