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In a pilot project of the Kashmir University, Madanjeet Singh scholarships have been awarded to 33 girls selected from remote villages in the Kashmir valley based on their zeal, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial aptitude. They are given a nine-months pre-primary teacher training course at the Institute of Home Science in Srinagar, before they go back home to establish pre-primary schools for the benefit of their own communities. They also learn to work on computers and it is envisaged that in the next three years distance learning through computers might be introduced in some 20 schools in the rural areas of Kashmir.

Mr. Madanjeet Singh with some 30 daughters of poor
parents living in remote villages in Jammu, who are
undergoing a nine-months course of vocational training
at the Jammu University in India.

A similar pilot project has been launched by the Jammu University in which 30 scholarships have been awarded to young women with secondary school-level education. They have been recruited through the Panchayats in Kathua district and Samba tehsil, and are undergoing a nine-month-long training course at the KCS Politechnic, Jammu. They are learning to make handicrafts such as tie-and-dye, block printing of textiles, papier maché, basket making, toys, etc. There is also a course in computers, management and entrepreneurship, so that on completion of their training they can use their skills in gainful employment in the rural communities back home.
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