|Graduation Ceremony of 101st batch of Barli
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women organized the Graduation Ceremony of its 101st
batch of women trainees on 9th November 2011 at 10.30 a.m at the Institute’s Campus
located at 180, Bhamori. The Chief Guest of the Graduation Ceremony was Ms. Kamlesh
Gupta (DSP, Indore). The Chairman of the Indore Cancer Foundation Trust, Mr. C.M.
Dagaonkar presided over the function. Mr. Herwig Struebel (Advisor, Kalyani Institute for
Community Development, Katthiwara) was the special guest on the occasion.
The program began with welcoming the guests, by presenting artefacts made by the tribal
women. The Director of the Institute, Mrs.Tahera Jadhav inaugurated the program and said
that the program is a very special occasion at the Institute where the trainees spent their 6
months of their lives and will now embark on a journey by using their learnings in their lives.
She said that the Institute imparts the six-months training which are free of cost and are
residential in nature. The Institute’s curriculum encompasses literacy, personal and
community development, health education, cutting and tailoring, embroidery, batik & block
printing, organic farming and environmental preservation. She said that the passing-out
batch of 83 trainees are now a part of the extended family of Barli’s graduates since past 26
years, who had come from more than 500 villages till date, with more than 6000 of them
having graduated from the Institute.
The special guest for the occasion Mr Herwig Streubel congratulated the graduates and
said that the institute and its graduates are unique in their own regard and is well known
even outside India. Also present during the occasion was Dr Janak Palta McGilligan (retired
director), who encouraged the trainees for their achievement and said that this training will
add great value to their lives. Special guest Mr Dagaonkar congratulated the trainees for
their success and complimented the institute’s director for the activities. The chief guest of
the function Ms.Kamlesh Gupta (D.S.P, Indore) said that women have a special role to play
in the development of the society. Sharing experiences from her life, she said that
empowerment of women being carried out at the institute was an inspiration for her and she
would cherish the occasion for a long time.
The trainees presented traditional dance, a creative play depicting the importance of health,
and sang songs in traditional Bhilali language. The trainees also shared their experiences of
learnings at the Institute during their six months training.
This Graduation Programme was organized for the 83 women-trainees who completed six-
months training at the Institute. These young women had come from 41 villages of Dhar,
Alirajpur, Dewas, Khargone, Badwani, Indore districts of Madhya Pradesh and Jalgaon,
Maharashtra. Most of the trainees of the batch were illiterates, semi-literate or school drop-
outs, but at the end of the training they became empowered to appear in the National
Institute of Open Schooling Vocational Examination. The occasion also marked the
conclusion of a 3-day training workshop on Maintenance and Use of SK -14 Solar cookers
in which 14 women participants took part (9 were from Barli Institute’s passing-out batch and
5 were from Kalyani Institute for Community Development, Katthewara, Gujarat). All the
trainees were presented with certificates on this occasion which was followed by a group
photo session. The program was conducted by Ms Rekha Kewat and the vote of thanks
was presented by Mr Yogesh Jadhav (Chief Operating Officer).