The University of Agriculture is offering skill enhancement courses for women to help them earn and improve their lives, Dr Tanvir Ali, the Institute of Agriculture Extension and Rural Development director, said.
He was addressing the launch ceremony of a project: Gender Empowerment and Home Life Improvement through Technology Transfer, funded by the university’s endowment fund.
The UAF, he said, had developed a comprehensive strategy for equipping rural women with technical skills in order to enhance their capabilities so as to meet the challenges of the changing world.
Explaining the programme, the director said various short courses on stitching, cooking, computer classes, first aid, preservation of food post-harvest, livestock management and beautician have been introduced under the programme.
He said women would also be trained at their door-step. Various camps had also been established in the nearby villages.
Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Dr Iqbal Zafar said the ideas of introducing new technologies had come from close observation of various tools used by rural women. He urged the rural community to attain knowledge of latest practices and apply it in the field.
“This will enhance their income besides making the country food secure,” he added. He later accompanied Dr Ali to a training camp in Chak 267-RB.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.
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