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OPJCC Builds 10 PMAY Pilot Houses in 43 Days!

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OP Jindal Community College is pleased to report that one key success metric of the PMAY Rural Mason Training pilot project in Ramgarh, Jharkhand has been met.  PMAY, formerly Indira Awas Yojna or PMAY, is a flagship housing scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development. Ten quality homes were built in under the targeted 45 days for 10 beneficiaries from Hariharpur Village who were selected by local government officials in collaboration with the Department of Rural Development Jharkhand State.  

OPJCC pre-selected 100 semi-skilled masons from Ramgarh District for training based on the new NSDC-approved Construction Skills Development Council of India (CSDCI) Qualification Pack (QP) for Rural Masons. The Rural Mason QP was spearheaded by MoRD with assistance from CSDCI, OPJCC, and other technical partners. Mrs. Mona Anand, technical adviser to MORD, accomplished a Herculean feat, fast-tracking and managing the process from QP development to pilot implementation.  Using a "build-while-learning" training approach,  OPJCC master trainers guided the construction of semi-customised rural houses from excavation of the land to completion of the roof. Many beneficiaries also opted for a standard, two-pit toilet to complete their homes.  

DDC Ramgarh Mr. Kishor Kumar presided over the launch of the pilot project and was a key stakeholder.  Director OP Jindal Community College Ms. Miriam J. Carter spoke about completion of training as well as construction in the stipulated time frame. She predicted that the pilot would transform not only Hariharpur Village, but also have a positive cascading impact on rural development nationwide.  It is envisaged that the up-skilled trained rural masons would be engaged in constructing the projected 41,000 PMAY homes slated for completion in the next 12 months in Jharkhand. 

OPJCC Uchringa Principal Wg Cdr  Gyaneshwar Singh (Rtd.) provided astute supervision of the day-to-day pilot training activities to ensure high-quality results. OPJCC Punjipathra (CG) Master Trainer Peter Erasmus brought years of international experience in construction to the project.  He directed his training team to impart global standards in construction and personal safety practices in each of the multifaceted training components, including masonry, scaffolding, steel reinforcement, shuttering carpentry, and basic plumbing. A quality home is not only a source of pride but can stand the test of time, he fervently maintained.

Now that the homes are occupied, much to the delight of the beneficiaries, the second metric -- trainee certification, will commence. The pilot aimed to provide on-site, multi-skilled training of rural masons along with daily theory classes in preparation for 3rd party assessment for government certification.  Having national standards for rural masons and proper training should improve the quality and quantity of PMAY homes. Thousands of certified rural masons will be essential to scale the initiative.  CSDCI has appointed an assessing body and results of the pilot trainees should be announced by 15th July.  

The rural mason training pilot produced a number of highlights: 25 women rural mason trainees; collaboration across ministries; strong state and local coordination; and deep learning for all involved, especially OPJCC.  To share its expertise, OPJCC is actively involved in Rural Mason Training of Trainers nationwide

Visit by Mr Aswini Kumar Joshi, CEO, CSDCI to PMAY site.

OPJCC is Training 100 Rural Masons in Jharkhand for pilot PMAY Project from February 2016.

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