1st batch successfully completes training on beauty & hair care
Gangtok, Feb 13
Manipal Foundation the social and the philanthropic arm of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) in association with Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) has partnered with a local hair & beauty training centre to undertake projects to empower women from economically weaker sections to become gainfully employed, including being self- employed.
Founded in 2001, the Foundation has adopted this ethos of empowering people and focuses its initiatives in the five areas of Education, Healthcare, Livelihood and Vocational Skills, Women Empowerment and Environment and Civic Initiatives.
Dr. T.M.A Pai, the founder and guiding force behind MEMG, steered his energies to provide education and healthcare, two critical areas of human development, so that they empower people and improve their way of life. This legacy has been carried forward by his son and grandson, Dr Ramdas M. Pai, Chairman Emeritus, MEMG and Dr. Ranjan R Pai, Chairman, MEMG. The Foundation engages with partners to provide livelihood and vocation skill training to unemployed youth from low income families. Training is provided in select areas which have job opportunities. Trained students from these programmes are provided with placements, subsequently.
The Foundation partnered with Identity by Lata’s, a well-known and highly credited beauty salon in Gangtok, headed by Ms Yangchen Lepcha to partner the skills training project for Beauty & Hair Care in Sikkim which is geared towards making Sikkimese women financially independent, either as entrepreneurs or making a career in this profession.
The pilot batch of 15 candidates successfully completed the three-month long training programme on Beauty & Hair Care here in Gangtok, the valedictory function of which was held at SMU here today. Vice-Chancellor, SMU, Lt. Gen (Dr) MD Venkatesh, handed away the certificates to the successful candidates.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Yangchen Lepcha, director and chief instructor of Identity by Lata’s, said that the course was aimed at providing free training to Sikkimese women candidates with minimum documentation and a nominal registration fee of Rs. 1500 per candidate. “The comprehensive course focused on topics related to beauty, hair and wellness. The students were trained with latest innovations in beauty and hair services, adhering to present beauty industry standards. The candidates were assessed by an independent assessor on the completion of the course.” Ms Yangchen said that the candidates were groomed to take up beauty and hair as professions and become economically independent and self-reliant. “The students at the end of the course are awarded a certificate that shows the world their skills and the eagerness to enter the beauty industry,” she said. She thanked the Manipal Foundation and SMU for the initiative and said that such vocational courses would not only instil self-confidence in these women but also contribute to the society’s growth as a whole.
Addressing the gathering, Vice-Chancellor, SMU, Lt. Gen (Dr) MD Venkatesh congratulated the candidates and expressed his happiness over the successful completion of the course. “Manipal Foundation is committed to empowering our society, through a focussed approach that will drive our initiatives which are executed through partnerships that are built on mutual respect, shared passion, and clarity of purpose, ethical practices and sustained commitment. This is just the beginning. The Foundation will continue to support such initiatives in Sikkim. We are confident that these trainees will be able to apply to local job opportunities in this sector,” he said.
“The beauty, spa and wellness sector at present is valued at around Rs. 1 Lakh crore, which is a huge, untapped market. This sector is also slowing but rapidly growing in Sikkim and given the State’s immense tourism potential, it will also add value to the wellness tourism. The success of the first batch has been very encouraging and the second batch with 30 candidates, both male and female candidates has already commenced. The need of the hour is to be self-reliant armed with the right set of employable skills,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
The valedictory function was also attended by Brig Dr. VK Mehta, Dean, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), Prof Dr. KS Sherpa, Registrar, SMU and Mr. MS Sridhar, Head, Human Resources, SMU.