AIAT was an is involved in government sponsored rural development programs
Sustainable Enterprise Development in the Auroville Bioregion (SEDAB) is a new rural development project which is currently being implemented by the Auroville Foundation. This initiative commenced in June 2012 and will run over a three year period. It operates under the special SGSY scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development.
The objective is to develop sustainable rural enterprises and employment opportunities for the rural poor in the Vanur & Marakkanam Blocks of Villaupuram District. SEDAB anticipates that approximately 2360 BPL families will benefit from the project.
AIAT is one of the main implementing bodies and aims at enhancing employability of the rural population by training them in skills which are in demand by the local industry. Over the next three years, AIAT will offer vocational courses, free of charge to nearly 1200 rural BPL students (age 16-40) in both of the blocks. Special emphasis will be given to address school drop outs and young people who need additional skills to be employable. AIAT is currently offering courses in the areas of masonry, construction site supervisor, office administration, accounting with tally, home appliances repair, software and hardware. In addition, AIAT will offer special programs for those who would like to be self-employed and seek to open a small business or service centre on their own.
Complementary classes in English and interview training will be given. Free placement assistance will be available as well.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.
Since it was created in 1977, IFAD has focused exclusively on rural poverty reduction, working with poor rural populations in developing countries to eliminate poverty, hunger and malnutrition; raise their productivity and incomes; and improve the quality of their lives. The Fund has designed and implemented projects in very different natural, socio-economic and cultural environments. Many IFAD-supported projects and programmes have been in remote areas, and have targeted some of the poorest and most deprived segments of the rural population.
As part of the long-term post Tsunami relief efforts of IFAD, AIAT is conducting one year vocational education courses in Home Appliances repair as well as Accounting and Tally.
Among others, the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW) focuses on the capacity building, empowerment and the achievement of equality of status of poor and disadvantaged women. In 2011, as part of a skill development program of TNCDW, AIAT has launched a two months practical training-program in masonry for 160 rural women.