St. Xavier’s Vocational Institute (XVI), JaipurSt. Xavier’s Vocational Institute, Jaipur was founded by George Peter, SJ and was started in the year 2006 in the main city of Jaipur to support the marginalised and underprivileged sections of the society. The aim was mainstreaming women and enriching them with the employability skills which either help them to make their space in the organised job market or lead them towards the self-start ups. The institute is supporting one of the major focus areas of Jesuit Conference of India – JesuiTec. Currently, the director of the institute is Jose VK, SJ and the institute supports in total four trainings in the streams of Beauty Culture, Computers, Stitching and Tailoring and Fashion Designing. Apart from these specific courses the institute is also guiding trainees with personality development and English-speaking classes between the age group of 16-35 yrs. The trainees enrolled under these trainings are generally from the main Jaipur city and the nearby villages like Bassi, Achrol, Kanota and Chomu.
The vocational institute in the Jaipur city has witnessed a much demand for the past years. The numbers of trainees passed out in the last 10 years are approx. 5000. Currently, each course has approx. 40 trainees or more and the number of teachers from the fashion designing is two, and one for the rest of the traits. XVI, Jaipur is NIOS- Delhi (National institute of Open Schooling, GOI) accredited vocational institute. It is also locally affiliated to RMOL (Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood, Govt. of Rajasthan). The team from the Assistancy Development Office- JCI, visited the Xavier’s Vocational Institute, Jaipur for 7th & 9th August 2019 with the aim to enhance visibility and create documentation of the centres and to highlight the other major initiatives of Xavier’s Education focused towards marginalised communities in the field of education and development of those in need. While talking to the teachers and the students in the institute, we experienced how the demand for the vocational courses are increasing and how XVI is playing a significant role in educating and empowering the women in the state.
The motivation of the teachers and the trainees was really inspiring; it made the program very smooth and easy to learn. The Xavier’s Vocational Institute staff made me feel at ease from day one and the closeness that developed with them is really amazing. However, I think my best experience of the visit was interaction with the trainers and how they have been working really hard to make the program effective at the same time taking care of the trainees and attending their parents.
The visit to Jaipur, was an excellent example of a systematically run in the institution for youth. We witnessed the continuity of the trainers in the institutions and the commitment towards helping those in need by enriching them with employability skills. This visit not only enhanced my overall knowledge about the programme but also gifted me with an opportunity to interact with those in administration and their expertise and enthusiasm towards education while, documentation of both the institutions was an objective, I also achieved a lot in terms of my personal growth.
My recent visit to Jaipur to document XVI was one of the experiences where I witnessed eagerness for education in women and how they are changing the conservative mindset in the family and the society. During the documentation we came across a number of stories and each one expressed the desire to learn , to be educated and to change the mindset of the people there. The vocational courses like Beautician, Fashion designing and stitching offered are very cost effective. The fee structure and well qualified and trained instructors in the institute help the women come out of four walls and pursue their dreams.
An African proverb says “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,” This seems to be true when it comes to Jaipur. During our shoot at XVI we met a few alumni’s who were not allowed to go out of their home, but today they earn and support their family and have inspired many in their villages.