The Punnagai Project – SVRCC

The Punnagai Project

Goldmine of Opportunities

This institution will change rural population of the area into a gold mine of opportunities for the future

S. Balasubramanian, Chairman,

City Union Bank, Chennai

2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

S. Balasubramanian, Chairman,

City Union Bank, Chennai

This institution will change rural population of the area into a gold mine of opportunities for the future

Excellent Work

Excellent work done for the children abandoned by families. Like to be associated with such a great institution.

Dr. Devendra,

Director,

Strides Shasun,

Pondicherry.

2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Dr. Devendra,

Director,

Strides Shasun,

Pondicherry.

Excellent work done for the children abandoned by families. Like to be associated with such a great institution.

A Divine Vibration

A divine vibration could be felt in this ambiance. May this institution emerge as a model community college in the entire Tamil Nadu!

Pandia Rajan,

MD and CEO,

Ma Foi

 

2016-08-16T10:11:13+00:00

Pandia Rajan,

MD and CEO,

Ma Foi

 

A divine vibration could be felt in this ambiance. May this institution emerge as a model community college in the entire Tamil Nadu!

Purity of Motive

I am totally moved by what I have seen here today and the purity of the motive, ideas and work of Shri Subrahmanian. It is institutions such as these that transform societies and communities. I hope that what I have seen and learnt today stay with me and inspire me to do something similar one day. Hari Om.

 

Atul Karanjkar,

Group Director,

Kohinoor Group

2016-08-16T10:17:15+00:00

Atul Karanjkar,

Group Director,

Kohinoor Group

I am totally moved by what I have seen here today and the purity of the motive, ideas and work of Shri Subrahmanian. It is institutions such as these that transform societies and communities. I hope that what I have seen and learnt today stay with me and inspire me to do something similar one day. Hari Om.  

Pioneering and Praiseworthy

It is an excellent attempt to serve the rural poor, to empower and enrich their lives and to get them jobs to improve their quality of life. It is a pioneering effort and very praiseworthy.

Dr. Xavier Alphonse, SJ

Director, ICRDCE

2016-09-02T05:58:27+00:00

Dr. Xavier Alphonse, SJ

Director, ICRDCE

It is an excellent attempt to serve the rural poor, to empower and enrich their lives and to get them jobs to improve their quality of life. It is a pioneering effort and very praiseworthy.

Amazing Dedication

Amazing dedication and amazing results. I could see the community college concept in its totality and in function. I am humbled by the efforts that have gone into building this institution. All my best wishes.

Dr. Vijay Khole,

Ex. VC of Univ of Mumbai,

President, Kohinoor Education Ventures

2016-09-02T06:03:47+00:00

Dr. Vijay Khole,

Ex. VC of Univ of Mumbai,

President, Kohinoor Education Ventures

Amazing dedication and amazing results. I could see the community college concept in its totality and in function. I am humbled by the efforts that have gone into building this institution. All my best wishes.

Embodiment of Grace

This institution is an embodiment of grace, teaching of great quality, excellent attitude of students, enviable talent! All the best for the future.

Raghavendra Rao,

Managing Director,

Orchid Pharma, Chennai

2016-09-02T06:07:00+00:00

Raghavendra Rao,

Managing Director,

Orchid Pharma, Chennai

This institution is an embodiment of grace, teaching of great quality, excellent attitude of students, enviable talent! All the best for the future.

Unleashing Youth Potential

Sincerely appreciate the great service by SVRCC (trustees, mgmt, principal, faculty) in unleashing the potential of youth by having most needed focus on skill building, imparting life skills, and creating opportunity through industry collaboration. May your service continue and take SVRCC to greater success.

R. Chandrasekaran

Executive Vice Chairman,

Cognizant

2016-09-02T06:10:29+00:00

R. Chandrasekaran

Executive Vice Chairman,

Cognizant

Sincerely appreciate the great service by SVRCC (trustees, mgmt, principal, faculty) in unleashing the potential of youth by having most needed focus on skill building, imparting life skills, and creating opportunity through industry collaboration. May your service continue and take SVRCC to greater success.

Amazing Vision

Amazing vision, commitment and compassion can achieve great miracles. Great to see and hopefully we will have a long association.

JayminTrivedi,

Supraja Foundation,

Hong Kong

2016-09-02T06:13:35+00:00

JayminTrivedi,

Supraja Foundation,

Hong Kong

Amazing vision, commitment and compassion can achieve great miracles. Great to see and hopefully we will have a long association.

To Teach Others to Work is Divine

You are doing a service to the country and humanity – a very necessary one in these times. It is said that work is worship. To teach others to work, I think, is divine. Very inspiring work being done for the society. It is a necessary effort and it is being done professionally and with great passion

Ranganathan N.K.

Grundfos Pumps India,

Chennai

2016-09-02T06:15:38+00:00

Ranganathan N.K.

Grundfos Pumps India,

Chennai

You are doing a service to the country and humanity – a very necessary one in these times. It is said that work is worship. To teach others to work, I think, is divine. Very inspiring work being done for the society. It is a necessary effort and it is being done professionally and with great passion

A Perfect Role Model

This is a role model of an institute the kind India needs. A perfect role model.

Hon. Kiran Bedi

Lt. Governor of Puducherry

2017-12-26T09:25:59+00:00

Hon. Kiran Bedi

Lt. Governor of Puducherry

This is a role model of an institute the kind India needs. A perfect role model.

Bringing smiles to orphans and destitutes

We are working with the Puducherry Police in their Project Punnagai (meaning smile), a path-breaking effort to give a new life to orphans and destitute youth by providing them with job oriented skills training.

Punnagai-onstage-thumbIn the last academic year 2015-16, as part of Phase I of the project, 50 youth in the age group of 16-18 were provided skills training by SVRCC.  In the current academic year 2016-17, the college expects to train  between 150 and 200 youth as part of Phase II.

The story of Project Punnagai is a heart-warming and eye-opening example of what  an enlightened police department and administration can do to provide new hope to disadvantaged youth in local communities.

The Punnagai Project – a brief history

In  July 2015, as a directive of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of lndia,  “Operation Muskaan”, a month-long special campaign, was undertaken by officials of Crime Branch CID Police to rescue and rehabilitate the missing or abandoned children in Puducherry.

Police teams had collated the particulars of all the untraced missing children since 2000, and with the help of Social Welfare Department, Child Welfare Committee and NGOs had inspected 67 child care homes in Puducherry and Karaikal regions. Operation Muskaan had rescued 14 street children, and reunited 13 of them with their parents, and also located 34 children in 15 shelters who were in need of care and support. The identity of these children could not be established due to the fact that these 34 children had no known family to be reintegrated into.

Not satisfied with the success of this project, or just locating these 34 children in child care homes, and also acutely aware that when an adolescent left the home at the age of 18 years as they must, he or she would not be in a position to survive on his/her own, the Puducherry Police department  decided to organise Project Punnagai, a follow-up scheme to Project Muskaan.

This scheme was designed to provide a new life to orphans by improving their skill sets both academically and vocationally and thus to prepare them for a life beyond their child care homes. The idea was to link these 34 children and others from a similar background with a time-bound vocational training system through a one-year scholarship involving ten basic trades such as refrigeration, electrical work, housekeeping and automobile servicing.

Punnagai-imageAs Punnagai evolved from an idea to a concrete and comprehensive project, it envisaged a set of actions such as group counselling sessions and motivation program for children from different homes, identifying their skills and developing them, minimising problem behaviour, imparting behaviour modification for juveniles, delivering therapeutic interventions and vocational training in collaboration with various NGOs.

The Rotary Club of Pondicherry Beach Town took a prominent role in the implementation of the project along with a few companies which agreed to sponsor the children and have committed to offer placements upon graduation. Owing to its exemplary track record and infrastructure, and its focus on holistic education, SVRCC was chosen as the institute to impart the skills training.

At SVRCC, we are honoured and humbled by this – and all the more inspired to be a part of this transformational project of the police dept.

The Puducherry Police dept as well as other stakeholders believe that Punnagai has the potential to become a model for other states to follow.

Current Developments

Following up on the success of the Punnagai Project, the Puducherry Police dept is now implementing Punnagai II in 2016 to further identify and help those destitute and orphaned children who would otherwise be left behind in our society.

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