Nagavali Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development (NIRED) is located at Rajam in Srikakulam district. The primary objective of NIRED is to identify, orient, motivate, train and assist Below-Poverty-Line unemployed youth who may be school or college dropouts from the districts of Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Vishakapatnam, to take up self-employment ventures or jobs. The Institute was established in January 2003 under the joint sponsorship of GMRVF and Andhra Bank Rural Development Trust (ABRDT). NIRED is a residential facility with capacity for running four channels at a time and candidates are provided both technical and soft skill training in-house. Passed out trainees are helped with bank loans wherever required for starting their own enterprises. Also hand holding support is provided for 2 years to the trainees. As of March 2011, the institute has trained about 5000 young entrepreneurs with a settlement rate of 87 %.
NIRED offers courses in T.V., Tape recorder, VCD repairing and assembling, Mobile phone and telecom repairs, Cycle repair and assembling, Ladies Tailoring, Hand and machine embroidery, Home Nursing, House Wiring and Plumbing, Computer Hardware, Computer and DTP, Gents’ Tailoring, Four Wheeler Driving and Repairing etc., apart from regular Entrepreneurship Development Programs.
Information about the courses is disseminated through awareness camps held regularly in target villages. The selection process consists of written/skill test and a personal interview. Particular emphasis is placed on reaching out to the socially and economically disadvantaged. The selected candidates are given free training, boarding and lodging facilities. The Institute has expert in-house as well as external resource persons for offering the training. Apart from the technical training, students are provided soft skills training, meditation and yoga classes etc. for their holistic development. Post-training support such as facilitating bank loans for setting up own enterprises, placement support and offering skill up-gradation courses etc. is given to the candidates.
Post-placement support to trainees is the most distinguishing feature of NIRED functioning. This follow up helps to sustain motivation and to help overcome problems of new entrepreneurs. Trainees are followed up through regular correspondence, individual contacts, meetings at Village, Taluk and District levels. Alumni of the Institute, officials from the bank and Government departments are also invited to such meetings. Such interactions help the trainees to cross procedural hurdles and ground their projects, besides sustaining their motivation level.
Strategically, NIRED has embarked upon industry partnerships for its training programs which are aimed at creating a win-win for both the industry as well as the Foundation. NIRED believes that partnerships with leading corporates will help improve the quality of the training and serve the needs of industry through providing personnel with skills which are market relevant. Partnerships serve the underlying purpose of mainstreaming drop out youth through dignified employment.
- So far, 4998 youth have been trained by the institute (3171 male and 1827 female).
- 4356 of the trained youth (2614 were male and 1742 were female) have been settled in either jobs or self-employment.
- Apart from the youth, NIRED has conducted agricultural extension/ skill up-gradation programs for over 2500 SHG women and farmers.
- NIRED partners with Ashok Leyland, Schneider, NAC (National Academy of Construction) and Red Cross for its programs on Four Wheeler Mechanic, Basic Electrician, General Works Supervisor and Home Nurse respectively.
- NIRED has been accredited as a Vocational Training Provider (VTP) of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), Government of India.
NIRED Adding Colours to Life
Dusi Prasad S/O Ramulu hails from V P Rajupeta Village, Palakonda Mandal in Srikakulam District. He discontinued his education after Std. VII due to financial problems and went to Hyderabad to work as a daily wage laborer. But his ill health forced him to come back to his native place. His life was completely uncertain and the problems of the family were increasing day by day. He joined as an assistant at NIRED ex-trainee Mr. Pushpanatham’s photo studio to help the family overcome the financial problems. He learnt basic skill at the studio and was sent by Pushpanatham to NIRED to undergo the Photo and Videography training. After the training he again joined at Pushpanatham’s Studio to get hands-on experience. NIRED referred him to Andhra Bank, Palakonda for a loan. Prasad started his own studio at Palakonda with the support of Andhra Bank loan of Rs.30,000/-. Now he is earning Rs. 300 to Rs.500/- per day and is the bread winner of the family. He says "NIRED added colors to my life".