Providing livelihood to tribal girls

Many tribal girls of Srikakulam district are proving that that they are second to none. As many as 530 tribal girls have become self-reliant with the training programmes being conducted by Bollineni Mediskills, a paramedical institute, in hospitals in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Nellore and Hyderabad.

Normally, tribal girls depend on government jobs with the availability of reservation. With stiff competition among them, it has become tough to get employment in the government sector. All these years, they did not try in for jobs in the private sector owning to lack of knowledge and confidence. However, they acquired communication skills part from skills required for various posts such as general duty assistants, front office executives, lab technicians and others.

Bollineni Medskills, which has in association with KIMS Hospital Group, concentrated on tribal girls as part of its social responsibility, according to its academic director Chitturi Lakshmi Padmaja, who was felicitated by Geeta Srikanth Foundation on Wednesday in connection with International Women’s Day.

“Many tribal girls are good in English and other languages. They could overcome shyness with the intensive training programme. That is why; they are able to get jobs quickly in reputed hospitals. Their starting salary ranges between ₹8,000 and ₹17, 000. We are sure that they would do wonders within a couple of years with their hard work and sincerity,” Ms. Padmaja told The Hindu.

Dr. B.R. Amebadkar University, which has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute, is planning to start several courses from the next academic year to ensure jobs quickly for youngsters of this backward region. “The response for corporate billing, medical record maintenance and other PG diploma courses was good last year,” said G. Tulasi Rao, Registrar of the university.

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