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March 25, 2018

Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) to set up nodal centre for employment and skill development for physically and intellectually challenged

Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) will collaborate with Pehal Resource Centre to set up the nodal centre for employment and skill development under the Centre’s National Career Service Scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The centre will be third in Punjab and will be clubbed with the university employment information bureau. It will also serve as the region’s only employment exchange for physically and intellectually challenged. Its focus will on training, skill development, internships and offer vocational training courses in technical and non- technical fields to youth.

“We will serve as single platform for arranging jobs fairs, counseling youth and giving them job placements through network of promoters. We will also serve as facilitators for getting loans for establishing small-scale business and start-ups. As many as 103 such centres will be opened across the country,” said centre operations officer.

Till date, the centre has registered 750 youngsters, including 125 with physical and intellectual disabilities, for the programme. The regional centre will also collaborate with employment exchanges across the six districts to gather data and document records. Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and Pehal Resource Centre co-ordinator Dharminder Gill said initially the programme would specifically target youth with disabilities by forming self-help groups and rehabilitation. He said, “We will offer courses in handicrafts and manufacturing units for the intellectually challenged, for which self-help group will be created. The nodal employment centre will provide job information in daily wage sector too.”

“Each youth member will be registered online and his/her profile will be directly documented on the website of national career service’s online page. It will be an encouragement for disabled youngsters, as no specified data is currently available to ensure a career for them,” he added.

Note: News shared for public awareness with reference from the information provided at online news portals.

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