KISS has taken up handicraft technical training under HRD scheme in collaboration with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The second phase of this program commenced on November 2018 at KISS’ main premises. Training is being imparted in trades like Terracotta, Paper Maché, Golden Grass and Wood Carving. Training sessions in these specialized skills are being imparted to over 160 student trainees in 8 batches. Our target is to train 20 students per batch for a duration of four months. In this span of time, 576 training hours (at 6 hours per day) are earmarked to cover the curriculum. 16 trained Master Trainers (two per batch) have been engaged to impart the assignments. The curriculum has both theoretical and practical components. Student trainees over 18 years of age, who display a keen interest in learning a trade and who are willing to undergo training beyond regular academics are selected as per GOI guidelines.
The program aims at building vocational skills in specialized areas for marketable skills enabling gainful engagement in future careers of the student trainees. KISS has made necessary arrangements allowing flexibility and adjustment of training time in reference to regular classes to avoid clashes and inconvenience. Through handicraft training program KISS aims to not only provide employment for the development of our economy but also to develop sensible artistic approach of self-expression for the artisans as handicrafts are important carriers of culture, tradition, and heritage.