On 23 September 2016, Training and Research in Environment and Ecological Sciences (TREES) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Between Work Innovation Creativity Art School (WICAS) At Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmadabad (MGLI) & Training and Research in Environmental and Ecological Sciences (TREES).
Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute (MGLI), established on 15th September, 1979 by the Government of Gujarat as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, is a centre of excellence in the field of education, training and research in labour and related subjects in furtherance of the policy of the Government to promote harmonious industrial relations and social justice. The Institute takes a comprehensive view of labour force and aims at serving the cause of labour including agricultural labour, women and child labour, self employed, unorganised urban and rural labour, besides organised labour in the Industrial, Commercial and Service Sectors. Skill development is an integral part of the Institute’s mandate to empower workers.
In pursuance to the objective of skill development, the Institute has set up the ‘Work, Innovation, Creativity , Art School’ (WICAS). The objective of the School is to inculcate aesthetic values and vision among workers striving to enter into different creative fields like pottery, ceramics, sculpture, design, etc, besides popularising and institutionalising various visual art forms by giving exposure of well established artists to youth and the trainees undergoing various skill development programmes, to enhance their creativity and innovative instinct.
The School has three verticals viz. Art Skill Center (ASCENT); Artists-in Residence Programme (AIR) Fellowship Programme; and, Special Programme Art Center (SPARC). (i) ASCENT: The Art Skill Center (ASCENT) has been envisaged to inculcate design and art thinking among the workers, especially artisans like carpenters, potters, glass workers, textile weavers and tailors, to make them more innovative and creative in their work. The training programmes will focus product design, ergonomics, functionality, and aesthetics, besides the domain skills. The Programme will, by and large, follow the Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (KVK) pattern.