Our newly constructed Pattarai is a training and creating centre which has three major sections – Carpentry, Metal & Masonry and electrical-electronic-plumbing section. Pattarai is a traditional Tamil word meaning artisan’s working place (carpentry, blacksmith, bamboo craft, pottery etc). The building was inaugurated on the 15th of June. The construction of the Pattarai is supported and funded by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation because Keystone won the award for outstanding contribution in the field of Science and Technology for Rural Development.
The carpentry unit is equipped with a multi functioning wood work machine which has numerous functions like planning, grueing, cutting, grinding, drilling, battering and sizing. This unit will work on production and training of making bee hives, wooden packing items, designing various displays etc. The metal work section is to handle honey equipment, driers, filters, pre- fabricated alternative construction items and water harvest-purification-storage systems. The electrical and electronic section is to train and work on assembling of solar light & energy equipment, repairing of water pumping and solar-electric fencing equipment for crop protection.
Introductory Electrical plumbing training
A three days introductory electrical and three days plumbing training was conducted to tribal youth from June first to the sixth. Eight Irula tribal youth from Sigur region participated effectively. The introductory electrical training curriculum included – one and three phase house wiring, fixing consumer meter board, light points, 5-15 amp sockets, one way – two way controls, earthing, fixing water heater installation and problem solving. During the plumbing training, demonstration on cold & hot water lining, solar cum electrical water heaters, pump set mechanism and erection was conducted. The stay and food was arranged during the training and Rs.100 per day was supported as stipend. Some of the participants have expressed interest to undergo a three months complete training in the future.