Tribal women empower themselves at Barli Institute
Graduation ceremony of Barli’s 103nd batch completed successfully (2 November 2012)
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women successfully
organized the Graduation Ceremony of its 103nd batch of women
trainees on 2nd November 2012 at 3.00 p.m at the Institute’s
Campus located at 180, Bhamori.  The Chief Guest of the
Graduation Ceremony was Dr. B K Heerji (retired IAS officer and
former advisor to Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir). The
program was chaired by member of Board of Directors of Barli
Institute, Dr (Mrs) Geeta Handa ; who was accompanied by Mrs
Shirin Heerji , Mr Payaam Shogi from Pune (Riverdale International
School), Dr (Mrs) Shirin Mahalati and Ms Lara Krause and Nora
Bretting (voluneers from Germany) were the special guests.
The program began with prayers. The guests were welcomed by
presenting artefacts made by the trainees. The Director or the
Institute, Mrs Tahera Jadhav welcomed the guests, and said that it
is now opportune time that the women trainees to become the
torch-bearers of their fate and enlighten their villages with new
knowledge. She said that the trainees have overcome their
limitations and weaknesses after undergoing their six months
training and have learnt about literacy, health, community
development, stitching and tailoring, environmental conservation,
and solar energy use. They have also strengthened their spiritual
aspects by learning prayers, and moral values. All of them now
possessed a lot of potential and are like a diamond who has its
own potential and strengths to shine in this world.  
The principal of Riverdale School (Pune) Mr Payaam Shogi wished all the trainees a bright future and said that they
now have the skills to change themselves and their communities. The Chief Guest Mr BK Heerji congratulated the
trainees and said that the training which is granted in the Institute is one of the best in the country and wished the
trainees best wishes for their future. Board member Dr Shirin Mahalati and Dr Geeta Handa congratulated the
trainees for successfully accomplishing their goal in life and said that the training is the first step towards this aim.  Ms
Lara and Nora (volunteers from Germany) sang a farewell song in German for the trainees.
Various cultural programs (songs, dance, and
a play) were presented by trainees, viz: Pooja,
Baya, Sushila, Sapna, Rani, and friends.
Learning experiences were shared by trainees
viz: Chanchla, Radha, and Varsha. All the
trainees will be presented with certificates for
their training. The Graduation Programme was
organized for felicitating the women-trainees
who came from 50 villages of Maharashtra and
Madhya Pradesh, of districts viz: Dhar,
Badwani, Aalirajpur, Khargone, Khandwa,
Dewas and Indore who completed their
six-months training at the Institute. Most of the
trainees of the batch were illiterates,
semi-literate or school drop-outs, but at the
end of the 6-month training they have become
empowered to appear in the National Institute
of Open Schooling Vocational Examination.
Towards the end, a vote of thanks was
proposed by Chief Operating Officer Mr
Yogesh Jadhav and the program anchoring
was done by Ms Rekha Kewat.