An online portal on Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services, or TAPAS, has been launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment recently.
The program has been developed by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD). TAPAS will provide five basic courses on Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues and on a comprehensive course on Social Defence Issues.
The portal was launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar. He said while launching the portal that online leanings will help the ministry reach out to a number of people working in social defence. He urged everyone to enroll in a course for a better understanding of the subjects.
“Anyone working in the field of social defence is encouraged to enroll for the course. It is an online course and one that can utilise this facility to its full potential,” Dr Virendra Kumar said.
The main objective of the course is to provide skill development, knowledge and training without compromising on quality of learning.
“In our education system, where the offline mode of teaching is so deeply entrenched, this course will lead the path of change and open up new possibilities. There is no dearth of respect and regard for our age-old guru-shishyaparampara, but there’s no reason why it can’t be transited to the online medium. Hence, let us embark on this new journey and increase our horizon when it comes to learning and gaining knowledge,” Dr Kumar further added.