• Lifelong Learning and Extension
  • Department profile

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women is the dream-child of Dr. T. S. Avinashilingam, illustrious educationist and veteran freedom fighter from the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. This eminent Gandhian envisaged an institute of higher education to uplift and empower women, especially those belonging to the deprived sections of the society, and to prepare them for meaningful service to their homes, community and the nation.
    The Department of Adult, Continuing Education, Extension and Field Outreach of Avinashilingam University for women established in the month of August 2005 and has been undertaking a notable programmes under its five dimensions :

    • Teaching
    • Training
    • Extension and Field Outreach
    • Research
    • Networking

    The Department took the initiative in planning and implementing various activities in focus of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) - Our former president Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam's dream.

    The main aim of the department is to promote meaningful and sustainable rapport between the universities and the community. It extends the knowledge and other institutional resources to educationally un-reached person through the university system.

    It is well known that the impact of globalization has placed new demands on the education system. Transformation with rapid change is taking place everywhere. The student and youth have to be prepared by the university to adopt change and learn new skills in accordance with the new demands of the work force. The universities also have to open door to adult learners for life long learning programmes.

  • Objectives
    • Introduce and strengthen courses in adult / continuing education at the UG, PG levels and certificate / diploma courses. Create awareness on functional literacy / continuing education / e-learning among student youth and non-student youth
    • Strengthen the database on literacy, functional literacy, primary education, legal literacy, Janshikshan Sansthan and non-formal education.
    • Disseminate research through soft wares and hard wares
    • Networking with other adult education centers, state and central ministries and development department programmes.
    • Sensitizing community on Health / Nutrition / HIV /AIDS, economic development, laws for organized and unorganized sectors.
    • Undertaking advocacy and outreach programme concerning women in rural and urban areas.
    • Serving as a centre for capacity building for Trainers/ NGOS / CBOS / rural and urban women.
    • Producing / publishing software and hardware on functional messages applicable to rural / urban stakeholders

    Training on entrepreneurial activity to unemployed adult is one of the dynamic and pragmatic approach for the development of human resources and the only solution for the unemployment problem. Effective skill training programmes are key to rural development and are a result of active community involvement and ownership of the processes, along with access to appropriate resources for training. The income generating programmes should aim to bring the participants together and empower them to help themselves, and it should provide training, equip them with marketable skills and thereby improving the participant's financial independence and reducing family poverty.

    In this scenario, there is a burning need for a quality oriented education courses that should reach the needed population especially the educationally un-reached population. The Continuing Education programmes were carried out on the basis of the following thrust areas identified.

  • Staff Profile
    Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Mrs.) K. Vasantha
    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor & HOD Home Science, Extension Education 2005 vasantha_adult@avinuty.ac.in,
    Kvasantha_au @yahoo.com
  • Courses Offered

    CERTIFICATE COURSES

    UGC-CERTIFICATE COURSES (6 months)

    • Apparel designing
    • Herbal beauty therapy
    • Computer Applications and Accounting Software

    LONG DURATION CERTIFICATE COURSES (1 month - 6 months)

    At present long duration (One month- Six months) certificate courses were also offered by the department.

    • Fashion designing (Basic and Advanced)
    • Herbal beauty therapy (Basic and Advanced)
    • Hand embroidery (Basic and Advanced)
    • Painting (Basic and Advanced)
    • Machine embroidery
    • Aari embroidery
    • Basic computer application
    • Communicative English
    • Pattern making
    • Food processing and catering management

    SHORT TERM COURSES

    Short term courses (2 days - 15 days) were facilitated to enrich the skills of the women in multiple fields and skilled population was created through these need based courses.

    • Soft toys making
    • Cushion making
    • Bead embroidery
    • Nutritious fast foods
    • Bakery techniques
    • Healthy soups and salads
    • Processing of fruits and vegetables
    • Preparation of masala powders
    • Bridal make up
    • Application of mehandhi
    • Hair cutting and hair styles
    • Preparation of herbal cosmetics
    • Home care products
    • Flower arrangement and bouquet making
    • Flower tying
    • Artificial jewellery making
    • Creative gift article making
    • Holiday package programme
    • Cell phone usage and maintenance
    • Enhancing skills on manufacturing stationery goods
    • Formation of SHG and availability of credit facilities
    • Yoga and meditation
    • EDP training for SHG Women
    • Areca nut cup making
    • Paper bag making

    SELF SUPPORTING COURSES

    • Ministry of Food Processing and State Institute of Rural Development
    • EDP in food processing
    • Pearl Institute of International Studies
    • Garment merchandising
    • Native Medicare Charitable Trust (NMCT)
    • Basic computer applications
    • Herbal beauty therapy
    • Catering and canteen management
    • Cell phone service and maintenance
    • Basic tailoring
    • Kavundampalayam Panchayat
    • Basic computer applications
    • Fashion designing
    • Herbal beauty therapy
    • Pongalur panchayat
    • Bakery techniques
    • Ministry of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME)
    • Bakery techniques
    • Preservation of fruits and vegetables
    • Home care products
    • Preparation of nutritious fast foods
    • Preparation of masala powders
    • Food preservation
    • Fashion designing
    • Cloth and jute bag making
    • Attapady Hills Area Development Society (AHADS)
    • Bakery techniques
    • Arecanut tumbler making
    • Mahalir Thittam
    • EDP in food processing
    • Apparel designing
    • Embroidery and fashion designing
    • EDP training for SHG women
    • Catering and canteen management
    • Painting
    • Basic tailoring
    • District Rural Development Agency (DRDA)
    • Bakery techniques
    • Arecanut tumbler making
    • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Arecanut tumbler making
    • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Arecanut tumbler making
    • Preparation of nutritious snacks
    • Aari embroidery
    • Artificial jewellery making
    • Machine embroidery
    • Paper bag making
    • Ministry of Food Processing and State Institute of Rural Development
      • EDP in food processing
    • Pearl Institute of International Studies
      • Garment merchandising
    • Native Medicare Charitable Trust (NMCT)
      • Basic computer applications
      • Herbal beauty therapy
      • Catering and canteen management
      • Cell phone service and maintenance
      • Basic tailoring
    • Kavundampalayam Panchayat
      • Basic computer applications
      • Fashion designing
      • Herbal beauty therapy
    • Pongalur panchayat
      • Bakery techniques
    • Ministry of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME)
      • Bakery techniques
      • Preservation of fruits and vegetables
      • Home care products
      • Preparation of nutritious fast foods
      • Preparation of masala powders
      • Food preservation
      • Fashion designing
      • Cloth and jute bag making
    • Attapady Hills Area Development Society (AHADS)
      • Bakery techniques
      • Arecanut tumbler making
    • Mahalir Thittam
      • EDP in food processing
      • Apparel designing
      • Embroidery and fashion designing
      • EDP training for SHG women
      • Catering and canteen management
      • Painting
      • Basic tailoring
    • District Rural Development Agency (DRDA)
      • Bakery techniques
      • Arecanut tumbler making
    • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
      • Arecanut tumbler making
    • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
      • Arecanut tumbler making
      • Preparation of nutritious snacks
      • Aari embroidery
      • Artificial jewellery making
      • Machine embroidery
      • Paper bag making
  • Seminars/Workshops
    • Seminar on "Marketing Management" - 2.12.2005
    • Seminar on "Recent trends in Food Processing" - 5.12.2005 - 6.12.2005
    • National Seminar on "Recent trends in Nutritional Sciences " - 15.3.2006 - 16.3.2006
    • Workshop on "Aari Embroidery" - 5.10.2006 - 6.10.2006
    • Workshop on "NGO Sustainability" - 10.11.2006
    • Workshop on "Personality Skill Development" - 27.10.2006
    • Workshop on "Food Art" - 19.9.2007 - 20.9.2007
    • Seminar on "Developing Personal Excellence for Successful Living" -15.2.2008

    The entire programmes concentrated on the needs of women irrespective of their age and offered in flexible timings, which suited for the target groups. Each training programmes utilized the most cutting edge techniques to enhance the learning process and developed the highest skill levels with each participants.

  • Linkages

    EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

    • Other departments of Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore
    • National Orientation Centre (NOC), Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore
    • National Service Scheme (NSS), Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore
    • Gandhian Studies Centre, Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore
    • Centre for women's studies, Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore
    • Avinashilingam Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore
    • PSG College of Nursing
    • Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore
    • Ramakrishna College of Engineering, Coimbatore
    • GRG Poly Technique, Coimbatore
    • CIT College of Engineering, Coimbatore
    • Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore
    • Nirmala College for Women, Coimbatore
    • PSG College of Pharmacy
    • RVS College of Arts and Science

    NON GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS

    • Sri Avinashilingam Education Trust Institutions (NGO),Coimbatore
    • Rural Extension Service Trust (REST NGO), Coimbatore
    • Native Medicare Charitable Trust (NMCT), Coimbatore
    • Rural Extension Service Trust, Coimbatore
    • Youth and Child Service Society (YCSS), Coimbatore
    • Mariyalaya, Coimbatore

    BANKS/GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS

    • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
    • Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India
    • Mahalirthittam, Government of India
    • Panchayat, Coimbatore
    • ICDS, Government of India
    • Central Cooperative Bank, Coimbatore
    • District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA)
    • Kavundampalayam Municipality, Coimbatore
    • Panchayat Level Federation
    • Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore

    OTHER ORGANISATIONS

    • Nehru Yuva Kendra, Coimbatore
    • Ramana Gounder Memorial Trust, Coimbatore
    • Donbosco Nest, Tirupur
    • Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA)
    • Attapady Hills Area Development Society (AHADS)
    • Aixin, Arecanut Product Manufactures
    • Hospitals, Coimbatore
    • JM Baking Industrial School, Coimbatore
    • Krishi Vighyan Kendra, Karamadai
  • Thrust Areas
    • Integrating formal and non formal education
    • Recent scenario in entrepreneurial skills
    • Development of leadership qualities
    • Women and reproductive health
    • Nutrition and health education
    • Social and economic upliftment
    • Participatory approaches to women's development
    • Deprived groups and educational opportunities
    • Modern techniques in students learning process
    • Environmental issues

    Keeping this in view, from the establishment, the department is actively playing as a multifunctional and multidimensional center in providing a variety of learning programmes to the beneficiaries.

  • Target Groups

    Students, non-student youth, SHG men and women, homemakers, VRS persons, physically challenged, entrepreneurs, unskilled / semiskilled persons, adolescents, SC/ST, deprived groups, employed / unemployed groups, neoliterates, school dropouts and senior citizens.

    The main focus is to promote various long term and short-term need-based income generating courses to non -student youth, unemployed youth, voluntary retried persons and marginalized communities, particularly women and men from deprived groups. These training programmes were designed such that it should provide necessary skills in diversified fields to meet the needs of a changing socio-economic context and broaden the employment opportunities as well as self - employment opportunities of the participants.

    In addition the department has well equipped computer lab, foods lab, apparel designing unit and beauty therapy unit to build qualitative practical skills. The offered courses were designed by subject experts and offered maximum laboratory work with required theory. Industrial visit was made compulsory for the relevant courses. At the completion of the course, the trainees were developed professional portfolio needed to take up career in their field.

  • Activities

    From the inception, the department had been offering very specialized awareness programmes on real issues that people were confronted with and especially targeted at the deprived communities. Theses programmes particularly facilitated the quality of the life in the areas such as health and nutrition, environmental health, micro enterprises, agriculture and legal rights. The outreach activities organized by the department are

    • Micro enterprises suitable for women
    • Empowering SHG women through entrepreneurship development programme
    • Raising kitchen garden
    • Safe maintenance of home appliances
    • Stress management
    • Rainwater harvesting
    • Yoga and meditation for peaceful life
    • First Aid on home and road accidents
    • Common kitchen accidents and its remedies
    • Life enrichment education to street children
    • Candle making
    • Income generating skill development programmes
    • Orientation on continuing education
    • Orientation on adult and continuing education
    • Orientation for women councilors (Urban)
    • Orientation for women elected representatives (Rural)
    • Orientation programme on herbal cosmetics and its usage
    • Orientation programme on SHG formation
    • Orientation on economic development programme
    • Demonstration on masala powders and preservation of vegetables
    • Live demonstration on nutritious infant mix
    • Demonstration on minor millets
    • Demonstration on nutrient dense soya recipes
    • Demonstration of Jam and squash
    • Demonstration on nutritious low cost recipes
    • Interactive demonstration on home care products
    • Preparation of detergent powders
    • Skill development programme on low cost toy making
    • Awareness on health and hygiene
    • Awareness programme on healthy cooking methods
    • Awareness on basic fire safety
    • Awareness on human rights
    • Eye camp
    • Health camp
    • Dental camp
    • Awareness on chikungunya
    • Awareness on eye donation
    • AIDS awareness programme
    • Diabetic counseling
    • Disaster management
    • Environmental education
    • Legal awareness on women's rights
    • Deficiency disease detection camp
    • Literacy day celebration
    • Nutrition week celebration
    • Women's day celebration
    • World food day celebration
    • National integration day celebration
    • Breast feeding week celebration
    • Career guidance programme for fashion designers
    • Career choice in herbal beauty therapy
    • Special lecture on personality development
  • Successful Entrepreneurs
    R.Deepalakshmi
    Digital Animation
    N.Malar
    Herbal Beauty Therapy
    F.Vahidha
    Jute Bag Making
    P.Kavitha
    Aari Embroidery
    R.Jayakumar
    Catering management
    S.Janaki
    Apparel Designing
    S.S.Jayanthi
    Cloth Bag Making
    S.Srividhya
    Chocolate making
    Jyothi
    Screen Printing
    G.Padma
    Paper bag making
    S.Hemamalini
    Cushion making
    Y.Meharabanu
    Artificial Jewellery Making
    J.Chitra
    Home care products
    M.Amsalakshmi
    Artificial Jewellery Making
    K.Jayapriya
    Herbal Beauty Care