Our Distinctive Features
The Objective and Uniqueness of our Programme
Since the vocational training course is held on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch premises, it has two distinct features. Firstly the trainees are not segregated from the community at large on the campus and are able to mingle into the crowds of the Ashram, the teacher trainees, the guests and visitors from all over the country and abroad. This makes them an integral and organic portion of the community. Automatically their living standard is raised and even more important their standard of thinking and communicating improves thus building a self-confidence which is of great help to them in later lives. Secondly we give so much stress on an all-round development of the individual body, mind, emotions and spirit and the emphasis is more on an integrated growth of the personality rather than the goal of only improving their vocational skills, the trainees are highly benefited from this attitude. The six months stay in the Ashram teaches them the merits of a simple, hygienic and regulated life style, acting as a base for a morally upright life. The contact with the wide variety of people in the Ashram develops leadership qualities and widens their horizons of their knowledge and is also extremely educative and beneficial. We strongly feel that after completion of this six months training programme, the participants go back with attitude and skills that enable them to function better as productive citizens. We have all along striven not only to train the youngsters in a particular vocation but to give them an all round personality development. We have also struggled to upgrade their value system and equate them with the rich cultural heritage of our country to which they are abundantly exposed in the beautiful and serene Sri Aurobindo Ashram Campus.
The Participants – National Integration
Keeping in view our commitment to National Integration, we select participants from all different states of the country. So at any given time we have youth from 15 or more states thus ensuring National Integration.
Meditation and Character Building
A constant effort is made to enable the trainees to improve their power of concentration and quality of their life through daily meditation in the evenings. They are made to understand themselves through self observation getting to learn their strength weaknesses, fears, hopes and opportunity. Introspection and self observation is stressed upon constantly. They are constantly encourages to identify to a central aim which would help them stay focused. Constant effort is made to inculcate in them the qualities of sincerity, discipline, courage and hard work which ultimately would help them become better leaders and better citizens.
Shramdan – Dignity of Labour
Shramdan is given a lot of importance as it helps to promote a spirit of selfless cooperative team work and at the same time it creates awareness about the dignity of labour. A fixed time for Shramdan promotes regularity and discipline. Since the Ashram residents and the teacher trainees also participate in the Shramdan, it becomes more productive and meaningful.
Basic Computer Training
All the trainees are given a basic computer course of 3 hours a week throughout the six month period irrespective of their educational qualifications and the trades they have selected. This gives them a lot of self-confidence and prepares them for the future which is becoming more and more technological. Their course content covers: Introduction to computer, do’s and don’ts in computers & MS-Office 97 package.
First Aid, Health, Hygiene & Nutrition Course – an added skill essential in villages
It is extremely important for the trainees to go through a first-aid course as this plays a vital role in their daily lives when they go back to the villages. Our Ashram doctors gives them a through training in firs-aid and we find that the trainees not only enjoy the course but find it useful and interesting. They learn the basic like tying bandages, carrying injured patients, heart resuscitation, saving people from drowning, hygiene, health & nutrition awareness, etc.
English & Hindi classes – Development of Communicative Skills
In order to gain self-confidence in themselves, we have been all along giving stress on Hindi and English classes. These enable the trainees to communicate effectively with the fellow humans. Since most of them come from the backward classes of society, they are often deficient in academic education and therefore , every evening they attend classes in which their knowledge of English and Hindi is enhanced. These classes aim at giving them conversation practice through basic communication skill. Reading and writing is not emphasized. Their self-confidence is greatly boosted when they stand on their own feet in later life.
Physical Education – A healthy mind in a healthy body
We believe that a healthy body is of the utmost importance for these village people. Therefore, we have an elaborate programme of daily physical education activities where the youngsters are made to do keep-fit exercises in the beginning followed by games and team sports. Sportsman spirit, team spirit and ability to engage in harmonious activity with others are promoted through games like basketball, football, volleyball, etc. Facilities for all these activities are available on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Campus. As they get healthier and fitter, the exercise programme is toughened and by the time they leave they are all fit and string in body and mind. This is one of the most happy periods in the daily routine of the trainees. They love to play games.
Musical Training – Development of the higher vital
Musical lessons are given once in a week to the trainees to develop finer emotional qualities. Devotional and patriotic songs are taught to inculcate in them a spirit of patriotism and appreciation for the values and heritage of our democratic nations. These sessions are greatly enjoyed by the youth.
Excursions – appreciation of our historical & cultural heritage
The trainees are taken for picnics and sight seeing tours. They visit all the important places of Delhi such as the Qutab Minar, the Chhatarpur temple, the Bahai Temple, the Iskon temple, the Red Fort, Rajghat, Shaktisthal, Vijayghat, India Gate, etc. They are also taken for a sound and light show at the Red Fort. They enjoy the Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan trip immensely. Whenever there are any cultural programmes like Ramlila, Krishnlila, etc., we make sure to take the youngsters so that they learn more about the Indian culture and heritage. Numerous artists come and perform at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram as an offering in the meditation hall. The trainees are exposed to Indian classical music extensively. They also enjoy the various programmes that are held regularly in the different schools on the campus, such as the Mother’s International School, the Mira Nursery School, the Mirambika Free Progress School and Matri Karuna Vidyalaya.
Adventure Programme – Builds courage to face difficulties in life
After six months training is over and before we send the participants home with their certificates, we take them for a 10-days to Nainital where they are exposed to rock climbing course, trekking and shramdan, etc. They enjoy this immensely and come back full of enthusiasm and vigour. They the leave for home at the end of this 10 day adventure. In the year 2014-2015 (batch no 50 had 22 VTs. This batch started from 1st of April and ended on 30th Sept. 2014. Department wise list is given below
Batch No 51 had 38 VTs. They participated in vocations given below. This batch started from 1st October 2014 and ended on 31st March 2015.
In both batches vocational trainees came from various states i.e. Maharasthra, Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, U.P, West Bengal, Uttrakhand, Tamilnadu, Bihar, Haryana, M.P, Punjab, Ladakh.