VAPS with the financial support of GAIL India has been working on various Entrepreneurship Skill Training Programmes (ESDP) at Puducherry and Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Skill trade training provided during the year 2012-13 and 2013-14 at Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where 1000 youths benefitted. The skills focused on

  1. Food processing & Value Addition
  2. Handlooms and handicrafts
  3. Computer hardware & networking
  4. Beautician / Beauty Parlour
  5. Fashion Deigning
  6. Basic Tailoring Children & Women garments
  7. Mushroom Production
  8. Jute, Paper and Cloth Bag Making

In the year 2014-15, CSR initiative has shifted to farming community from skill based training. Under the aegis of GAIL (India) Ltd, VAPS has established “Agri Training and Farmers’ Advisory Center (FAC)” in 5 locations, viz, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Mayiladuthurai of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (UT). The paramount objective is to enable technical transfer of knowledge, attitude and skills on effective agricultural extension methods through establishing technical advisory centers. The training has been framed, covering 10 themes and the session last 5 days inclusive of one day field exposure visit. 10 training program per location has been planned and aiming to cover 250 farmers in each location.

The projects activities by and large handled by the retired officials from agriculture and its allied department and ably supported by agri and social work graduates. The beneficiaries are progressive farmers and their families, and practicing farmers in both rural and urban areas.