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‘Edn alone cannot provide employment’
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, apr 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 12:00 AM IST
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Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur Maongwati Aier on Tuesday said that formal education alone cannot provide employment opportunities while underscoring the importance of introducing skill based vocational training in all levels of formal education system.
Aier said this at the inaugural programme of the 3rd batch of vocational training conducted by Bosco Academy for Skills & Employment (BASE) a joint project of Don Bosco Tech and Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
Emphasising on the importance of equipping Naga youth with vocational skills, Aier pointed out that vocational training could solve unemployment up to an extent and also train dropout students in skills for employment.
Pointing out that government can provide employment to a very miniscule population; he said vocation based training institutes can play a major role in utilizing the human resource.
Maintaining that there is no substitute for hard work, the DC urged the Naga youth to be diligent in whatever they choose to do.
Lauding the personality of Don Bosco, Aier stated that Nagas cannot talk of development or education by excluding Don Bosco. He also felicitated the centre head of BASE Fr Francis Neeranal for providing employment opportunities for the trained youth under various domains across the country.
State coordinator of the project Andrew Gangmei disclosed that out of the total of 360 trained students from the two earlier batches of BASE, 320 have been placed in various sectors across the country.
Informing about the different domains of training provided, Gangmei told that the centre was providing training for three months at sales & marketing, cutting & tailoring and nursing assistant. However, computer application was removed after the first batch.
The state coordinator informed that the project was initiated with an aim to equipped rural dropout youth from BPL families to gain employment. He also added that the training, targeted at the age group from 18-35, was conceptualised by RD ministry to train 400 youth in vocational based training in two years i.e. from 2010-2012. Addressing the gathering, guest of honour, Khevishe Achumi, VCC of Thilixu urged the trainees to bear the various adversities which they might face during the training. Pointing out that opportunities does not come every time, Achumi impressed upon the trainees to be firm in their commitment and successfully complete their training at BASE.
Earlier, the centre head Fr Francis Neeranal gave a brief introduction on the training and the progress made so far. While the welcome address was delivered by Inakali Peter Maram.
The other highlights of the programme included a special presentation, ‘Colours of Nagaland’ by sales & marketing team and ‘amazing grace’ by nursing assistant.

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