SONA College of Technology has received funding from the Department of Science and Technology's Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division for training rural women by establishing Rural Women Technology Park (WTP) in Salem. The total value of the project is around Rs. 1 crore thirty lakhs. Rural women will be trained in the industrial technologies namely Solar Food Processing, Pulse Plating for Silver Anklet, Sewing Machine for Differently-abled women, Development of Paver Blocks and Waste Paper Recycling. Rural women will be supported by the WTP to establish and manage production units. The technologies proposed in this project are location specific and best suited for rural women.
DST-WTP Team of SONA has successfully completed first batch training in Sewing machine for differently-abled women from Salem. Dr. D. Raja, Co-Investigator of DST-WTP project has designed a device to modify the sewing machine in such a way that persons devoid of lower limbs also can operated the powered sewing machine without the need for pedalling.
A training programme was conducted for two weeks and the valedictory function was arranged on 12, May, 2018. Shri. C. Valliappa, Chairman of SONA College of Technology presided over the function and distributed the certificates. Dr. S.R.R. Senthil Kumar, Principal of SONA College of Technology, and Dr. Prakash, Professor of Anna University felicitated the beneficiary. Dr. M.Usha, Principal Investigator of DST-WTP project, explained to those present how the training would help the women in gaining confidence and helpful in sustaining their livelihood. It was heartening to see that the women were proud to wear the garments made by them on the new type of sewing machines. The training write-up was published in some of the dailies.
PI & ORGANISATION:
Dr. R. Malathy,
Head of the Department & Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
Sona College of Technology,
Salem 636 005.
APPROVED OBJECTIVES OF THE PROEJCT:
Solar food processing Second batch training was conducted from 02/01/2018 to 06/01/2018 for 15 rural women. Expert lecture on “Food industries for rural women” by Mr. P. Ramanathan (Chairman, National Productivity Council, Salem) was conducted on 06/01/2018 for solar food processing second batch candidates. The team visited Tattanchavadi and M.Chettipatti villages on 08/01/2018 for identifying rural women for the WTP training. Shed for Waste paper recycling & Development Paver block were constructed and received new electrical connection for WTP. The vibrating tables, mixer machines & earth rammer for the paver block making machine was procured during January and partition work of WTP office was carried out. Modification of Industrial grade sewing machine with optical sensor and microcontroller-based motor control was completed and tested with the help of a differently abled woman. Installation and testing of pulse plating of silver anklet project components – plating tank and micro hardness tester were completed during the month of February. The Pulse plating of silver anklet & sewing machine for differently abled women projects were inaugurated by Shri. C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona group of Institutions.
The team visited Kandarkulamanickem on 16/02/2018 for identifying differently abled women for sewing machine project training. Purchase of consumables and chemicals for pulse plating of silver anklet project was completed. Purchase of consumables and cotton fabric for differently abled women project was completed. Installation and testing of waste paper recycling machines were completed during the month of March. Purchase of consumables and chemicals for waste paper recycling were completed. The waste paper recycling project staffs were trained in operation of machines and making of products from waste papers and cardboards by the Technician from Tara Machines – Paper Making sector, New Delhi.
PFMS portal opening balance entry, vendor ID creation, preparation of Utilization Certificate work and financial settlement works were carried out in the month of April. First batch training program on sewing machine for differently abled women was conducted during the period 23/04/2018 to 07/05/2018. For pulse plating of silver anklet project an air compressor was purchased for operating salt spray chamber.
The installation of air compressor was completed on 02/05/2018 & installation of salt spray chamber was completed on 04/05/2018. Certification function for Sewing machine training was conducted on 12/05/2018 and Sri. C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona Group of Institutions was the chief guest.
On 05/06/2018, World environment day awareness program was conducted by WTP team in Sona College of Technology and the products prepared by WTP team were displayed. A field visit to silver industries in Shevapet, Salem was carried out by pulse plating of silver anklet team to study bath preparation on 05/06/2018. The Sewing machine team visited Salem collector office on 05/06/2018 and Veerapandi Thaluk office on 07/06/2018 for identifying differently abled women for training.
The solar food processing team visited Kandarkulamanickem on 06/06/2018 & Vengayanoor on 07/06/2018 for identifying women candidates for training. Solar food processing third batch training program was conducted during the period 11/06/2018 to 16/06/2018 for 18 women candidates.Paver block making project was inaugurated with Ganapathy homam on 13/06/2018 and paver block making first batch training was stared with 12 rural women candidates on the same day and the training was conducted during the period 13/06/2018 to 18/06/2018. A village visit was carried out by sewing machine team to identify differently abled women from the village K.R.Thoppur on 14/06/2018. Solar food processing fourth batch training program was conducted during the period 25/06/2018 to 30/06/2018. Waste paper recycling First batch training program was conducted during the period 25/06/2018 to 29/06/2018. Sewing machine for differently abled women training program was conducted during the period 20/06/2018 to 04/07/2018.Certification function for wastepaper recycling project was conducted on 06/07/2018. Mr. Thyagu Valliappa, Vice-Chairman, Sona Group of Institutions was invited as chief Guest. A field visit on 12/07/2018 to S. Kollapatty, Shevapet & Sivathapuram silver industries was carried out by pulse plating of silver anklet team to collect details about bath preparation and chemical preparation for plating of silver anklet. Waste paper recycling second batch training program was conducted during the period 31/07/2018 to 07/08/2018.
Development of paver block second batch training program was conducted during the period 30/07/2018 to 06/08/2018. Sewing machine for differently abled women project third batch training program was conducted during the period 31/07/2018 to 16/8/2018.
As part of solar food processing training, an expert lecture was conducted on 01/08/2018 titled “Food Safety & Food Preservation techniques” by R. Bhuvana Indhumathi HOD, Department of Home Science, Sri Saradha College, Salem. The pulse plating of silver anklet project staffs was trained by Mr. Manikandan from Sivashakti Electrical Services, Salem in electrolyte solution preparation. Certificate function for waste paper recycling project second batch was conducted on 07/08/2018 and Mrs. Lithya Devi, Manager, Pallavan Grama Bank, Salem was invited as chief guest. With reference to sewing machine training Mr. N. C. Bala Manikandan, Operation in charge, B. P. International, Salem, delivered an expert lecture on “Garment industries for women” on 27/8/2018 to the trained candidates.
Certificate distribution for development of paver block project was conducted on 07/09/2018. Training program on wastepaper recycling third batch was conducted during the period 10/09/2018 to 15/09/2018 for 14 women candidates and the certificate distribution function was conducted on 26/09/2018. Training program on pulse plating for silver anklet project first batch was conducted during the period 10/09/2018 to 17/09/2018 for nine women candidates and the certificate distribution function was conducted on 17/09/2018. Sewing machine for differently abled women fourth batch Training Program was conducted during the period 15/10/2018 to 30/10/2018. Pulse plating of silver anklet project staffs visited Periyar University, Salem for analyzing particle size deposition in on silver anklet. Training program on pulse plating for silver anklet project second batch was conducted from 22/10/2018 to 27/10/2018 for eleven women candidates. Mr. Paul Fiore, Vee Technologies, USA visited WTP site on 27/10/2018 and interacted with third batch candidates of pulse plating of silver anklet project and shared his ideas with our project staffs. Training program on wastepaper recycling project fourth batch was conducted during 30/10/2018 to 3/11/2018 for nineteen women candidates.
Training program on development of paver block project third batch was conducted during 29/10/2018 to 2/11/2018 for twelve women candidates. Certificate distribution for wastepaper recycling project fourth batch was conducted on 03/11/2018. Certificate distribution for development of paver block project third batch was conducted on 02/11/2018. Mr. J. S. Shivasubramanian, Chief Manager, & Mr. Shankar, Deputy Manager, City Union Bank., were invited as chief guest. Certificate distribution for Sewing machine for differently abled women project fourth batch was conducted on 09/11/2018. Training program on pulse plating for silver anklet project third batch was conducted from 26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018 for 20 women candidates.
Certificate distribution for pulse plating for silver anklet project was conducted on 03/12/2018. Dr. R. S. Sabeenian, HOD - ECE was invited as chief guest. Solar food processing team visited KVK, Sandhiyur on 06/12/2018 to share their knowledge with KVK farmers and explain about benefits of solar food processing to the farmers. Dr. K. Selvaraju, Secretary General, The Southern India Mills Association visited Sona College of Technology on 06/12/2018 and viewed the working of our modified sewing machine developed by Dr. D. Raja, Co-PI, WTP. Dr.P. Vivekananda Shanmuganathan, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore visited WTP site on 04/12/2018 and shared his ideas on pulse plating, particle size identification and hardness testing. Pulse plating of silver anklet team visited IIT Madras to gather details about measuring thickness of silver in pulse plating method and particle size identification on 14/12/2018.