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BASE to empower BPL youths
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Jul. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Bosco academy for skills and employment (BASE), a joint venture initiative of the Don Bosco tech network and union ministry of rural development (MoRD), was formally launched here at Don Bosco vocational training centre, 3rd mile Friday by DRDA Dimapur deputy project officer Toshimongla as chief guest.
BASE, which is a three-month special project under “swarnjayanti gram swarojgar yojana” (SGSY), was granted to DB tech by MoRD. It is aimed to provide training to drop out youths from below poverty line (BPL) families on skills related to service sector and technical field, in order that they could get employment and improve their economic condition.
Along with the skills training, the emphasis of the programme is also on personality grooming, communicative English and computing skills. Though the project was officially launched today, the training for first batch began July 1 last. There are 120 students, who are being trained in four areas viz. 36 students in IT enabled services (ITeS), 34 students in nursing, 30 students in sales and marketing and 22 students in cutting and tailoring.
Speaking at the launching programme, DRDA Dimapur deputy project officer Toshimongla congratulated the DB tech for organizing the scheme and the trainees for making a decision to join the training programme. Stating that to achieve in life they (trainees) needed to have a pleasant personality, deputy project officer urged the trainees to inculcate in them punctuality, respect and obedience.
Meanwhile, the DB tech project director Minu Thommen enlightened he trainees on the concept of SGSY.
The Salesian provincial, Dimapur Rev.Fr.James poonnthuruthil, who graced the occasion as guest of honour, also delivered a short speech. The regional coordinator Biseswar Talukdar also spoke at the function.
While the welcome address was delivered by provincial resource team coordinator Masanwangliu Jacinta, the vote of thanks was delivered by sales and marketing trainer Inakali Peter.
BASE’s launching programme was marked by special songs and traditional dress display by the trainees.

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