A fresh start for the un­der­priv­i­leged women

Delhi Univer­sity stu­dents have started two cam­pus projects to build en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­der­priv­i­leged women

HT City - - Entertainment / My City - Shivangi Jalan, DCAC stu­dent Aakriti Singh aakriti.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

With an aim to cre­ate en­trepreneurs from among so­cially marginalised sec­tion of the so­ci­ety, stu­dents of En­ac­tus Delhi Col­lege of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Delhi Univer­sity, have launched Project Vikalp and Project Ad­hikaar. The stu­dents have taken it upon them­selves to ad­dress prob­lems of eco­nom­i­cally weaker fam­i­lies in slums by em­pow­er­ing women.

Avish Bha­tia, a sec­ond year B. Com (hon­ours) stu­dent and head of En­ac­tus DCAC, said, “Our projects have em­ployed women re­sid­ing in slums. Through our Project Vikalp, we are im­part­ing pro­fes­sional train­ing to th­ese women to stitch bags which are sub­se­quently sold on lead­ing e-commerce web­sites. In Project Ad­hikaar, women are trained to drive so that they can be em­ployed as cab driv­ers. We have also re­ceived sup­port from NGOs and cab com­pa­nies.”

The stu­dent vol­un­teers also con­duct mar­ket­ing and busi­ness strat­egy classes for the bud­ding en­trepreneurs. “Through th­ese classes, we aim to pol­ish their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, mar­ket­ing skills, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy,” said sec­ond year stu­dent Prakriti Arora.

Un­der Project Ad­hikaar, five women have al­ready been placed with cab com­pa­nies as pro­fes­sional driv­ers. “We not only help them with train­ing and place­ment but also with li­cence for­mal­i­ties. This has really boosted their con­fi­dence and now more and more women want to join our projects,” said Shivangi Jalan, sec­ond year English (hon­ours) stu­dent.

A woman cab driver who was trained un­der Project Ad­hikaar DCAC stu­dents try to mo­bilise women liv­ing in slums

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