Kamalini Vocational Training Centre is a joint initiative of two non-profit organizations: educational Development Initiatives (a Registered Society) and Protsahan (a Charitable Trust).
Some of the women promoters of educational and Development Initiatives (EDI), after the experience in one of its projects for unprivileged girls, wanted to create an institution especially dedicated to women. Thus, was born Protsahan Charitable Trust.
In 2007 a MoU was signed between EDI & Protsahan through which EDI would provide management guidance, knowledge sharing and human resources (including volunteers) to Protsahan, and Protsahan on its side would bring beneficiaries, run the training activities for underprivileged women and facilitate volunteering programs organized by EDI.
In 2007 Protsahan launched its first Kamalini Vocational Training Centre in the urban village of Shahpur Jat. In 2008, a second centre opened in Kishangarh and in 2010 Protsahan and educational and Development Initiatives signed a MoU to jointly develop a new Kamalini Vocational Training Centre on the Gurgaon-Sohna Road, for which EDI acquired 5 acres of land. The new Kamalini centre operated by EDI opened in 2017. Since 2007, hundreds of women have gained valuable skills to increase their earning power and take better care of their homes and families.
Kamalini has enabled many women to achieve their aspirations of becoming socially and economically independent and above all to realize their inner potential.
Flexibility and care for students' real needs are the main features of their basic and vocational skills education. No formal education is required to attend the private certificated courses. Teachers adapt to the student's capacities and the length of the course is expanded to meet the need. The focus is on "performing" and not on "Knowing". Lecturing is restricted to the minimum and emphasis is given on "hands on training". Individual counselling with an encouraging approach is provided in order to optimize the students' performance. Training is provided to the women in the following areas: cutting and tailoring, machine and embroidery, basic IT, domestic workers programme, spoken English and soft skills.