Pillaiappan Palayam near Annur can no longer be dismissed as yet another village among the thousands in the country. The establishment of a ‘Rural Women Technology Park’ by PSGR Krishnammal College (PSGRKC) for Women on a 1.5 acre ground donated by the villagers in that belt has pushed this hamlet to the next level of development.

The DST (Department of Science and Technology) sponsored park envisions upliftment of rural women by providing them job-oriented training programmes.

The programmes include training in baking products such as millet cookies, jam, and pickles, manufacture of sanitary napkins, bio-briquette technology, extraction of banana fibre, community nurseries, and so on. While the duration of the said programmes varies from one week to a month, an advanced diploma programme in garment design and multimedia of a duration of 3 months to 2 years is also being offered.

The park has, since its inception in April this year, trained around 200 women in various vocations. “We are looking to up-skill more people,” N Yesodha Devi, Secretary, PSGRKC, told BusinessLine .

The DST has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the establishment of the facility. The amount released till date is said to be of the order of Rs 21 lakh.

The college management has constructed a 3,000 sq ft building where the training programmes are being conducted.