Spearheaded by Pearl Academy, the lab will introduce women to the basics of tailoring and garment construction, and help them secure a means of livelihood.
Tihar Jail has always been known its varied reformatory programmes for inmates, from college degrees to vocational training. Now, the jail also boasts a fashion laboratory.
Established in association with Pearl Academy, the fashion laboratory will offer training for the prison’s female inmates.
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The lab was launched by Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Tihar Jail, and Nandita Abraham, CEO of Pearl Academy.
“It’s a unique initiative which shows the commitment of Tihar Jail to promote skill development among inmates,” said DG Yadav. “It will help the women inmates to learn life sustaining skills and will provide them with great opportunities to earn a livelihood in their life-after-prison.”
Interacting with the press, Prof Nandita said, “The fashion laboratory is equipped with all the facilities and machinery needed for learning basics of design and construction skills.” Students will be made familiar with pattern making tools, sewing kits, overlock machines, ironing machines and dress forms pattern tables with cork top.”
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Pearl Academy will also hold certification programmes — three capsules of 45 days will be organised in each academic year and at least two trainees from every academic session will also receive placement support. The programmes are intended to help women use their skills to find employment opportunities in the future.
The launch was also attended by designer Rina Dhaka, Punya Salila Srivastava, secretary, Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Government of India, and Abhishek Singh, district magistrate, New Delhi. Following the announcement, the students of Pearl Academy came together with the inmates to participate in a fashion show and cultural programme.