As many as 30 transgender students were awarded certificates by the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) for completing a skill course from the institution. They received the certificates from Rev Fr Joe Arun, SJ, director – LIBA.
The candidates were enrolled for the course through the NGOs Sudar and Thozhi who are engaged in working for the welfare of the transgender community. The classes were conducted over weekends for three-month duration. The candidates were first trained in basic computer skills and administrative functions. Later, they were introduced to accounting software such as Tally to help them in accounts entry. On course completion, these candidates gave interviews and secured jobs with the Chennai Corporation and Chennai Metro Rail services. “The transgenders who were trained by us had led a very difficult life. But now they earn respect in society because they are empowered by the skills acquired at LIBA,” said Fr Joe Arun, SJ Director LIBA.
The institute has been imparting management education based on the ‘Excellence with Ethics’ motto. CK Prahlad, professor at the Centre for Emerging India at LIBA coordinated all the activities of scheduling and executing the programme with the NGOs.