Valaya Magic sets up girls vocational centre
New Delhi, July 8: The Valaya Magic Foundation (VMF), launched by well-known designer JJ Valaya to help support the cause of the girl child, yesterday held the inauguration of its first education and vocational training centre for girls at village Bhatti Khurd, near here.
The Bhatti Khurd centre, established by VMF, seeks to train village girls in vocational skills that will make them economically independent and help them to break free from the shackles of subjugation.
Girls will be trained in textile and fabric related skills such as designing, cutting, sewing and embroidery. They will be provided with uniforms and a daily hygienic meal along with weekly medical consultancy to ensure a good health with emphasis on immunisation.
The Valaya Magic Foundation plans to set up four to five more such centres in and around Delhi, in the the next two years, to promote the girl child.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of VMF Maj Gen (retd) M S Duggal outlined the guiding principles of the organisation, which primarily included restoring equality among boys and girls by eliminating biases in society."Nature has made boys and girls in equal proportion and depriving girls of education would set India back by 50 per cent," he said.
He traced the history of the Hindu faith and reminded the audience of the importance attached to worship of Durga and Shakti in the days of yore. He attributed the success of American astronaut, Sunita Williams to education and declared that after adequate training in textile and designing the village girls will be absorbed into the Valaya House.
The chief guest Mrs JJ Singh, wife of Chief of Army Staff Gen JJ Singh, quoted Mahatma Gandhi,"a household is full of bliss only when the lady of the house is respected." She exhorted all to endeavour to abolish female foeticide, as it will open the floodgates to other social evils.
She lauded the role of the army in empowering women by providing scholarships and other facilities to them. She announced a donation of Rs 20000 from Army Wife Welfare Association (AAWA)to Valaya Magic Foundation.
Mr Valaya, an internationally renowned fashion designer and a member of VMF board of trustees, also spoke on the occasion.