IIT Mandi Helps Rural Women Turn Entrepreneurs
Started as an initiative of IIT Mandi Women's Center, the incubator, called 'Enabling Women of Kamand' (EWOK), helps rural women set up their services or small enterprises.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has established an incubator to enable rural women of Kamand Valley in Mandi to become entrepreneurs. Started as an initiative of IIT Mandi Women's Center, the incubator, called 'Enabling Women of Kamand' (EWOK), helps rural women set up their services or small enterprises.
EWOK collaborated with women from the four panchayats of Kamand, Kataula, Katindhi and Navlaya in Mandi district.
Seven women of the first batch, certified in Spoken English, Basic computer literacy and Personality Development they graduated in May 2018 for which a convocation program was held on June 28, 2018 at the EWOK Office, IIT Mandi.
Two certificate courses are offered by EWOK in collaboration with NIIT Foundation. The basic computer literacy certification covers training in MS Office and introduction to Internet that includes online ticket booking, banking, enrolling to open universities and looking up Aadhar card details and so on.
The certification in Personality Development and Spoken English focuses on improving their English conversational skills as well as developing one's personality that would help them in interacting with people of various cultures.
Two of the women who graduated have bagged paid internships and the third has applied for license to take up contractual work for landscape development.
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