LUCKNOW: The first phase of the self-defense training program for girls began at UP Skill Development Mission (UPSDM) ITI in the city on Monday. Minister of State for vocational education and skill development (independent charge) Kapil Dev Agrawal inaugurated it during the one-day employment fair. Under the program, 10,000 girls from UP districts will receive self-defense training. It will be provided by the Sports, physical education, fitness and Leisure – skills Council (SPEFL-SC) under the skill acquisition and knowledge awareness for livelihood promotion (SANKALP) program of UPSDM. Agrawal distributed Nirbhaya Kits to 12 girls who completed the four-day training workshop as part of the program.
Chief executing officer, SPEFL-SC, Tahsin Zahid said, "We are trying to conduct training in every educational institution of the state for which we are in talks with UP education department." "Once we complete training 15, 000 girls we will be writing a letter to qualify for Guinness World Records," he added.