Published: 05th September 2018
No, IIT BHU isn't doing an 'Adarsh Bahu' course but a start-up they incubated is behind it
Young Skilled India designed a three-month course along with Kashi-based Vanita Institute of Fashion and Design in order to train women in professional life skills and not kitchen expertise
Has the IIT finally reached a stage where they're teaching courses to your daughters on how to be an 'Adarsh Bahu'? Definitely not. Turns out, the whole thing was a misunderstanding. Several news reports over the past few days have been saying that a course on training to be the ideal daughter-in-law will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University (IIT BHU). This came as a shock to the public and most of them protested and ridiculed the move.
However, soon after these reports came IIT BHU immediately denied them terming those as "misleading."
We got to the bottom of this issue and here's what we found:
A private start-up, Young Skilled India, incubated at the Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship situated inside the IIT BHU campus designed a three-month course along with Kashi-based Vanita Institute of Fashion and Design in order to train women, heighten their confidence and boost their professional skills before they get into the job market.
If IIT BHU will start any course they will talk about it themselves. MCIIE is just an incubation centre for start-ups, to provide them with space in order to develop their ideas. But the institute has no connection to the ideas or what the start-up come up with. Our concept is to train women to be employable in several parts of UP and Bihar where the unemployability rate is high. IIT BHU has nothing to do with it, they are not conducting any course
Neeraj Srivastava, CEO of Young Skilled India
"Young Skilled India is running a professional job skills training program and it is a start-up working towards the unemployability issue, which is a major issue in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Every student is getting a degree but they don't have job skills, they lack confidence and thus might not be fit for a corporate job. Now YSI has collaborated with Vanita institute in order to help women get trained in professional and entrepreneurship and later go on to start their own business and be self-sufficient," clarified Neeraj.
So why all the confusion?
Turns out, their course isn't called that at all, "The word 'Adarsh Bahu' is not something we came up with, it is being sensationalised. A daughter doesn't just mean bahu, it's beti first. Wouldn't their parents want them to be trained and become professionals? Is it wrong to teach professional skills? We have conducted surveys and found that 85 per cent of the times someone would get a job based on these professional skills. If a woman wants to become a successful professional it is her decision if she wants to take up this course. Being a good or bad wife comes later and it entirely depends on what an individual thinks or feels about herself," Neeraj further clarified.
The course will be conducted at Vanita institute. It will begin after approximately 10 or 15 days, added Neeraj. Young Skill India already has several courses that have trained students in professional skills over the last one and half years and this new course will be clubbed with them, specified Neeraj.