The famous B-school for rural women, Mann Deshi Udyogini (MDU) is planning to roll out its micro-business school-on-wheels in northern Karnataka with philanthropic support from Sycamore Networks co-founder and chairman, Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande.
MDU has launched the first mobile B-school on September 16 in Hubli, Karnataka. The MDU-on-wheels will travel to villages in the Nippani-Hubli-Dharwad region and impart micro-business skills to them. The MDU came into news when listed by the best executive educational programmes in the world like Harvard, University of Chicago and the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. The MDU is an off-shoot of the all-women Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank Ltd (MDMSB) located at Mhaswad, Satara, which has been empowering women through various micro-finance schemes. The mobile B-school based in a modified Tata 709E turbo mini-bus has a generator back-up, sewing machines and computer tables installed inside the vehicle. It will provide MDU's popular courses in bag and purse making, computer literacy, setting up fast-food stalls, improving cattle milk quality and a course in financial literacy.