Australian High Commission Officials Interact With Students of Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre, Patel Garden

Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre, Patel Garden provides computer training, career counseling, English Speaking classes, and personality development training for underprivileged children from nearby communities aged 17-25. The centre currently offers 2 computer training courses: Certificate Course for Beginners (CCIB) and Computer Course Advance Word & Excel (CCAWE), both of which are designed by NIIT Foundation.


Apart from computer training, this centre aims at holistic development of youth from the community by imparting employable skills in relation to various industries/corporate/service sectors, and also offers job placements to the students. The project kicked off in June 2017 with funding support by Australian Aid (a funding agency of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commission). Over the last one year, it has reached out to 134 students from the area, as opposed to an initial target of 120.


Senior representatives from Australian High Commission today paid a courtesy visit to Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre in Patel Garden. The delegation included Mr. Simon O’ Connor, Chairman, Direct Aid Programme of Australian High Commission, and Ms. Pallavi Nayek, Direct Aid Programme Administrator at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commission.


One of the students of the VTC, Mr. Gurjeet Singh gave the welcome speech. Smt. Jaswant Kaur, Executive Director, Deepalaya gave a short presentation on Deepalaya NGO, its intervention in different sectors, and elucidated the outcomes and challenges of the Vocational Training Project in Patel Garden.


Mr. A. J. Philip, Secretary and CE, Deepalaya felicitated the guests from Australian High Commission, and thanked them for their generous support in implementing the project. “Only if our patrons continue to extend support to the initiatives of Deepalaya, shall we be able to move forward in our mission to educate communities and make them self-reliant,” added Mr. A J Philip.


The guests interacted with the beneficiaries of this project, and oversaw the infrastructure and facilities.  On the sidelines of the interactive session, 2 girls of the VTC presented a dance performance on the song “Aashayein”.


Mr. Simon O’ Connor, Chairperson, Direct Aid Programme of Australian High Commission said that he was delighted to be associated with this noble project, which not only provides vocational skills, but aims at socio-economic empowerment of the beneficiaries. “Confidence, self-belief, and persistence are the three golden rules of success in your careers,” he told the VTC students.


Hereafter, some of the students from the last batch who have already been placed in respectable companies shared their experiences; they shared how Deepalaya teachers and staff acted as a guiding light in shaping their careers and lives and helped them in overcoming challenges. The event ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Pradeep Chauhan, Computer Teacher, Deepalaya.


As an organization that promotes the vision of achieving self-reliance among all, Deepalaya’s vocational training programmes equip students with marketable skill sets and personality enhancement traits, so that the beneficiaries get an edge in terms of applying for competitive jobs. These projects are spread across Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, including cutting & tailoring units, beauty & culture units, computer training centers, and so on.