More than 400 rural women from Nanded, Maharashtra, who recently passed their Class 12 exams, have received job offers from Tata Electronics Private Ltd (TEPL) as part of a district government initiative.
The initiative was taken up by relief gatherer Kirtikiran Pujar, who leads the integrated tribal project in the Kinvat area of Nanded in Marathwada. “The bureaucracy and the corporate world joined forces to provide employment to 410 women selected during a talent campaign in Kinwat,” a county official said.
Kinwat is a predominantly tribal area about 360 km from Aurangabad. Pujar contacted TEPL and the company’s human resources department responded to the suggestion, after which a two-day talent search was held on Sept. 6-7, the official said.
At least 600 women who had recently passed their Class 12 exams took part in the campaign, and of those, 410 were selected, he said. The selected candidates will work in a variety of roles at TEPL’s Hosur manufacturing facility in neighboring Karnataka. They would first have to complete their education in Bengaluru, the official said.
Generally in these parts of the district, once a woman has reached marriageable age, marriage is given preference over higher education. To put an end to this practice, Pujar developed this initiative, he said.
Rajaram Madavi, a resident of Talaigudapada village, is a proud father as his daughter is one of the lucky ones to receive a job offer. “People of our generation have never stepped out of the tehsil. But thanks to the initiative of the district administration, my daughter gets the opportunity to travel to Bengaluru and also for a job,” said Madavi.
For Sheetal Bhise, a resident of Vashi village in Himayatnagar, the initiative has given her the means to contribute to her family’s finances and continue her studies.
“Women like me want to do something for their families, but we need the opportunity. I got this opportunity with the help of officials from Integrated Development Project and TEPL. I will pursue higher studies while I work,” said Bhise.
Pujar said of the initiative: “While working in a government job, we have the chance to give something back to society. I tried to get in touch with Tata Group and it got results.”
(With PTI inputs)