Learning Areas @ Gnanadarshan

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Gnanadarshan has identified 8 areas in which candidates of the Life Star programme can be groomed.

Language Skills (English)

One of the key skills to be developed for visually challenged people is speaking proficiently in multiple languages. This skill will help candidates in multiple ways

  • Become knowledgeable by gathering information, news from around the country and world
  • Leverage proficiency in language to earn jobs
  • Conduct coaching classes to those desirous of learning the language
  • Possible opportunities in Help Desk, Call Centres that do not require visual ability
  • Take up jobs as translators in Hospitals, Railway Stations, etc
  • Campaign to housewives, young children to teach them English or Hindi

Considering that English is widely accepted within Tamil Nadu and across India, it might be good to attain proficiency in the language both to improve one’s self confidence as well as to increase job opportunities. It has also been planned to teach Hindi to the interested set of students in the near future.



Nothing soothes the mind better than melodious music. As part of Life Star, all candidates will be trained in music, either vocal or instrumental. In order to get their fundamentals right, the training will be based on traditional carnatic music. Candidates can use their skills in music either as a favourite hobby or to entertain friends and family or form music troupe and get commercial. As with Language skills, they can also campaign to housewives and young children to teach them carnatic music.


If Music soothes the mind, Yoga helps you being fit as a fiddle. Health is wealth, so goes the adage and what better way to attain good health than Yoga. Yoga not only helps in aligning body and mind, but also helps in keeping all faculties active and agile. As improving quality of life is a key objective of the Life Star Program, Yoga will serve as a key vehicle in that direction.


There are several handicraft skills that one can use to generate income. Among the activities that a visually challenged person can handle, cane and straw weaving are possibly easiest to handle. These skills can be used in small time manufacture of chairs, baskets, etc. As part of the Life Star programme, Goodwill will continue to explore other skills (e.g. knitting) that will be beneficial to Visually Challenged women and include them in the programme as needed.