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Ravi

Greetings and welcome to REEDS NEWS. I am showing up after a long interlude, which however, does not have any specific exposition. Primarily pre-occupation with other professional commitments and of course engrossed with some REEDS activities that took me to long cruises and sometimes to communication inaccessible turfs. Longing to be in touch customarily hereafter, I pass along now with some of the occurrences since my last missive.

December 2011

Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation has consented in principle to support REEDS pilot project facilitating livelihood enhancing - either connecting to employment or lead to self-employment in traditional embroidery craft skills development among100 Lambada tribal women through self-help groups. This support includes training/up-skilling the craftswomen and establishing marketing linkages for the crafted product.

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Success of this project will certainly bolster the process of rural women empowerment. We are gratified to AP Handicrafts Development Corp gesture.

February 2012

Ms.Claire Field, CEO of ACPET has visited us in February 2012 that made a great deal of impact in furthering our Australian engagement in skills development. Interactions with her had crystallized considerable thoughts in this regard and a tripartite Memorandum of Intent – MoI entered into along with Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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The MoI aims to develop strategic partnerships in the area of Vocational Training and Skill Development between ACPET members and Andhra Pradesh/India. We anticipate this footstep would advance conceptualization of practical partnerships between relevant stakeholders.

March 2012

We have had a privilege of supporting a Regional Conference on Skill Development organized by Department of Labour, Employment & Training Government of Andhra Pradesh under the aegis of The Planning Commission, Government of India. This was held at Hyderabad on 3 March 2012 involving the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

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The conference aimed to provide an in-depth view of challenges to be addressed in line with approach to the Twelfth Five Year Plan towards scaling up the initiatives and activities under State Skill Development Mission. Dr. Narendra Jadav, Member of The Planning Commission, Government of India, chaired the conference. Representatives of state Governments, civil society, industry organizations, central ministries/departments and office of the advisor to Prime Minister on Skill Development had attended the conference.

 

April 2012

REEDS, as a National Level Monitoring Agency, was assigned with conducting monitoring of their eight rural development programs including the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – MGNREGS at two districts at Odisha by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

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This important assignment has given us an opportunity to visit 20 villages at these two tribal dominated and remotely situated districts to comprehend communities awareness, reach of programs, implementation environment, community involvement and role of local body institutions of these cogent rural welfare programs.

At Kandhamal, one of the districts where the monitoring was carried, it was an exciting experience staying at a place where two Italian tourists were kidnapped few months back! Incidentally, 2/3rd of the area of this district is covered with dense forests and towering mountains. Another sojourn was district Boudh. As the very name goes, Boudh considered as a significant Buddhist centre.

May 2012

REEDS has been selected as an Assessing Body - AB for conducting assessment for Modular Employable Skill – MES courses under Skill Development Initiative – SDI scheme of Directorate General of Employment and Training – DGET for 3 sectors – Automotive, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration and Banking & Accounting at Andhra Pradesh. MES skills acquired through informal means/competence are to be assessed by the AB for National Council of Vocational Training – NCVT certification.

This opening is of multi-dimensional importance to REEDS – we are one of the 43 such bodies in the entire country that are to assess almost half-a-million trainees a year; and dwell on the quality aspect of skills development directly!

June 2012

To address the inter-related aspects of skills development especially in the context of unorganized and rural sectors, REEDS hosts the Second International Conference on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills – Challages for International Cooperation: SKILLS2013 in February 2013 at Hyderabad. This is the second of the series of conference on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills ( www.skills2013.org). Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India is associated with the conference.

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We recollect with gratitude the contributions from many individuals and organizations to the success of the first conference of the series – SKILLS2010 (www.skills2010.org) held in December 18-10, 2010 at Hyderabad. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India, had delivered an inspirational inaugural address to SKILLS2010. We look forward for your enduring endorsement to the ensuing conference too.

On 23rd June 2012, we have had our 23rd Annual General Body meeting reflecting on our performance during the fiscal 2011-12. The year was an inspiring and indeed encouraging one particularly considering the multi-faceted milestones and initiatives we accomplished. Annual Report is at hand on www.reeds.in for those who would like to traverse more into REEDS engagement. My warm appreciation to all those who have bestowed their support in different ways to our accomplishments.

With best regards, I am signing off for now.

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Ravi K Reddy
June 20, 2012

 
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