NSS offers online skill development plan | Kochi News – Times of India

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KOCHI: To ensure skill development and entrepreneurship among students and help them spend time at home during the pandemic productively, National Service Scheme (NSS) of vocational higher secondary education (VHSE) in association with the NSS of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) launched a new online skill-development programme ‘Jeevanam Jeevadhanam’ on Thursday.
The project aims to give short online certification training courses in around 12 sectors related to livestock rearing which could be developed as an entrepreneurship or livelihood using the infrastructure available at home.
These include scientific method of raising cows and goats, how to run a profitable poultry, pig or rabbit farm, and making and selling milk, meat and egg products at home. The training sessions are taken by the faculty of KVASU with the support of entrepreneurship development directorate at the varsity. Nearly 2,000 VSHE students across the state have registered for the week-long training courses.
On Thursday, the inaugural session was on rearing goats and how to make it a profitable livelihood. The session was taken by Dr A Prasad, assistant professor, veterinary college Mannoothy. In the coming days, there will be sessions on other sectors.
“Even though the primary aim of the programme is to keep the students engaged during the pandemic, it serves a larger purpose of nurturing the entrepreneurship skill in them. Moreover, it could be a livelihood for the family too. Out of nearly 600 students who have attended the session on Thursday, 116 have shown interest to start goat-rearing at their house. So we will arrange a separate session for them to help them buy goats through various projects at LSG level,” said P Ranjith, state programme coordinator, NSS-VHSE.
The sessions are taken using videos and presentations from various farmers from the field. “However, we advise students to not look at it in the commercial level. It is just a beginning step for them to learn the skills at home and gradually develop it into an entrepreneurship,” Ranjith said.

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