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Government of Gujarat
The goal of the training course is to strengthen professionals with knowledge and skills required for understanding and promoting the craft form with sustainable system. The training course lays importance on collaborating with artisans and strengthens the participants to take the traditional knowledge of the craft techniques forward in present day context. An interactive approach with artisans and other course facilitators lays the foundation of course methodology. This training course offers opportunities for learning through lectures as well as hands-on practice with focus on details. The training courses are specifically designed to familiarize the participants with various aspects of the craft. The course puts emphasis on developing understanding of materials, tools, construction methodology and design principles.

Hunnarshala Foundation has developed a unique Training Course on Stabilized Rammed Earth Construction in collaboration with master artisans, architects and engineers. The training modules for the course are result of many years of experience and intensive consultations with academia and professionals from Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University and other institutions and organisations. This two week training course was organised by Hunnarshala Foundation and was conducted at Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat (INDIA) during May 27 to June 8, 2013. The goal of the training course is to strengthen professionals with knowledge and skills required for designing and building with sustainable technology like Rammed Earth.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The training course was specifically designed for people who can play critical roles in shaping built environment of our settlements. The course familiarised the participants with eco-logic and economics of using rammed earth technology. The course had emphasis on developing understanding of materials, tools, construction methodology and design principles. The course enabled students and young professionals to address the challenge of designing and building using Rammed Earth.The course objectives were:
1. To enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of participants to practice consciously and sensitively within their socio-cultural environment.2. To strengthen community of practitioners of sustainable technologies like rammed earth by promoting collaborations between artisans, architects and engineers.

COURSE METHODOLOGY
The training course lays importance on collaborating with artisans and strengthens the participants to take the traditional knowledge of earth construction forward in present day context. An interactive approach with artisans and other course facilitators lays the foundation of course methodology. This training course offers opportunities for learning through lectures as well as hands-on practice. The training methodology incorporated a scientific approach to the hands on practice with focus on details. 
DICRC team members, A.Prof Rishav Jain and senior researcher Mitraja Vyas, conducted a couple of training sessions on Design Opportunities and Design Development for several craftspeople; as a part of the development program organized by National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), which took place at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI).Each of these sessions took place once a week, for a period of one month starting from December 17th, 2013; and catered to various batches of 20 women skilled in embroidery, patch-work and hand-work. The sessions were divided into two parts. The first part was dedicated towards generating an understanding of design opportunities among the participant by screening various visuals related to design and the possibilities to explore there in; followed by an engaging discussion with the participants about their perception of design. The second session focused on assessing the participants design development skills. For this, they were given a cut-paste design exercise. The exercise intended to bring forth their understanding in terms of drawing abilities, sense of colour combinations, and design compositions.As a result, all the participants came up with various design ideas as per their understanding.
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