The informal education center has been in existence since the inception
of Banasthali University. It has been carrying out the work of education and
training of rural women since then. The development of villages has always been
integral to the vision and philosophy of Banasthali. In fact, the origin of
Banasthali was for social service and for making villages self-sufficient.
Women from the villages come to the informal education center for getting
education and for being trained in various tasks. Women from the surrounding
villages of Banasthali University, Karanpura, Pillai, Haripura, Longa ki Dhani,
etc. receive free training here. Its aim is to ensure that women become
self-sufficient. From time to time exhibitions displaying articles made by these
women are arranged in order to encourage them. These exhibitions lead to
economic gain as well as provide encouragement to the women.
The following kinds of training are given to women in the informal
1. Making them literate by teaching them to read and write.
2. Giving them general knowledge about spirituality, moral values and
3. Stitching, embroidery and operating the sewing machine.
4. Painting, card-making, making bags, wall hangings, slippers,
5. Papad making, application of mehndi
6. Making Rakhi, Pickles, and spices
7. Providing them computer training.
Banasthali has able teachers in all these areas, who give training to
these women. Sometimes trainers are also called from outside. For
1. The University's Women's Studies & Research Cenetr had organized
a ten day workshop for training women
in 'Namde' work in the 2006-2007
session. For this purpose trainers were called from Tonk
2. The university's textile department provides training in Bandhej and
3. Under Gyanudyog project computer training was provided to the
4. Students and teachers of Home Science are called for giving training
Although this is a small effort many women have transformed their life
through it. They are able to work from home and are becoming economically
independent. It is a matter of satisfaction for us that our work was praised by
Ms. Ranjana Kumar, Chairperson NABARD. She sent people from her organization to
look into our work and promised financial assistance of Rs.50,000 for it.
Representatives of Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA) also appreciated our
work. The district co-coordinator of NSS advised us to promote the activities of
the informal education center.
We endeavour to expand the activities of the informal education center in
the future so that more and more women can benefit from it and become