With the Delhi gangrape case in mind,the Naveen Patnaik government will give self-defence training to around three lakh girls in schools and colleges from August 1.
The self-defence training under the Orissa State Youth Policy,2013 would teach the girls the basic steps of self-defence. Director of Sports and Youth Services D V Swamy said before the trainers go to the schools and colleges,they would undergo training at the Kalinga Stadium here from July 14. At the end of training,each trainer would get a certificate.
The course curriculum for the trainers has been designed by city-based Utkal Karate School,a martial arts training school.
Swamy said the higher education department will train 2.5 lakh students in colleges,the SC/ST development department another 25,000 students in SC/ST schools and the school and mass education department will train 15,000 students in 500 girls schools.
We are not aiming at making the girls martial arts specialists. We want them to learn the skills so that they can prevent assault on them, said Swamy. The girls would be trained for three hours daily for a week.