B-School adopts IT to skill rural women in Maharashtra

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A mobile B-school, run by the Maharashtra-based Mann Deshi Business School in the  interiors of drought-prone part of north Karnataka in Hubli and Dharwad districts, is training women with little or no formal education, in skills like basic computer usage, tailoring, dairy management and goat rearing.

The programme aims to educate rural women to become self-reliant and financially  independent. Started in September 2007, the Mann Deshi B-school supported by the Deshpande Foundation has seen 1,547 women graduate and avail micro-finance loans. The mobile B-school bus has four laptops, study material and a few tailoring machines. Monthly classes are held in the bus in each village to a batch of 20. They provide training in a range of technical, practical,
 marketing and finance-related subjects to impart entreprenuerial skills, to start their own business and gain financial independence.

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