The Industrial Training Centre
A batch of our youngsters leave the
Industrial Training Centre to seek their fortune as
summer begins each year. This opportunity was beyond
their wildest dreams when they joined two years earlier.
Their confident bearing and hopeful eyes draw strength
from Boys Town’s reputation for excellence in training.
Each of them carry the institution’s imprint of quality,
discipline and dedication to work. Our alumni wear this
imprint as a certificate of their ability to adapt and
survive in a changing work environment. This certificate
of sustainability is widely known and sought out for
its worth. However, the essence of sustainability and
growth is most strongly exhibited by those students,
who start from humble beginnings to nurture successful
of their own.
The varied innate talent of our boys
are channelized into skills which industry needs. There
are six broad trade groups offered to students today
: metal working, carpentry, fabrication, painting, printing
and electrical work.
The first few weeks in any of the departments
is given on exercise pieces until the basic skills are
picked up, and then each fresher is assigned to a senior
trainee. Both of them work on jobs which Boys Town undertakes
for the outside world.
The Printing section is famous as a professional press
in the city and outside. Many government institutes
and industrial undertakings utilize the press for their
work. The press works on a photo-offset process equipped
a photographic reproducing and scanning machine, a computer
composing centre and a manual binding section in order
to be fully equipped to complete the jobs it undertakes.
Mr. Sudershan, one of our most experienced resource
persons, has worked in the institute press for 35 years.
He remembers the days when the electronic lino-type
machines were developed for the first time in the country
in Boys Town.
In the case of Fabrication, Painting and Carpentry,
the material is often supplied by Boys Town for the
execution of customer orders. Band saw is used to slice
logs into planks which are used for the carpentry work.
Boys Town invariably used Burma Teak, sourcing logs
from far off ports like Tuticanin and mangalore to minimize
costs. The work, needless to say, is of a solid and
Metal working :
Currently the machining operations are turning, milling,
grinding and shaping. In these trades, the trainees
gain experience in value-addition jobs normally executed
on material supplied by our customers. Under new projects
the introduction of CNC milling machines ad Lathes for
fast and non-repetitive operations with minimal setting
The electrical training is given in housewiring, industrial
wiring, machine rewinding and minor repair. Our boys
undergo training in-house up to a point in a laboratory
/ workshop equipped with control panels, experimental
machines, etc. Once the boys acquire a skill, they go
off to customer sites and work on professional wiring
jobs for school buildings, laboratories and factories.
This process gives them that experience and confidence
to deal with the special idiosyncrasies that are part
of a normal wiring job depending on the age of the building,
the kind of material used for its construction, the
style of roofing and hence the points of purchase available
for the wiring, etc.
Carpentry was the frist vocation introduced into boys
town ITC. The carpentry section is updated with the
latest machinery and job works from Government and private
firms are undertaken. Then trainees here are trained
to handle things with expertise.
The computer centre for training handicapped students
works at providing children with handicaps, skills in
fending for themselves and sustaining a livelihood in
the new environment made available through the spread
of computer technology.
The training in these trades changes
in a dynamic manner to address emerging technology and
market demand. In addition, new trades are introduced
into the curriculum to meet changing need patterns.
In the first stages of the printing
trade training at Boys Town, manual compositing was
done on a letter press. This was followed by the first
electronic linotype machines in the country in the 1970’s.
Today, the printing process operates
through computer composing, a photo-offset process for
high-speed high volume, and high quality output for
On a less formal note, we have entered the appropriate
technology arena with the design of solar water-heaters
of 200 litres and 500 litres capacity which can be manufactured
in the rural areas. We have also begun to teach the
manufacture of mud-blocks for house building, hand pump
repair, low-cost housing, installation and manufacture
of smokeless chulhas, etc. The objective is to make
an impact on the optimal utilization of scarce resources
in the interests of a sustainable livelihood. More than
to gran roof women leaders from many states have been
trained in the processes. As of now however, these new
technologies are not yet on our curricular anvil, since
the markets have not yet stabilized.
On Site Training
Our boys have the unique opportunity to extend their
practical training on customer sites wherever possible,
in order to round off their education with an experience
of conditions on the ground at different locations.
In electrical wiremanship, this means that the students
go to different government schools and colleges which
have been our long-standing clientele, in order to lay
out a new, or refurbish, electrical wiring for class
rooms and laboratories. Students also work on turnkey
computer installations, to gain experience of fabrication,
computer installation, furniture supply and power and
communication wiring, all integrated in one site.