Leading celebrities will impart training under innovative skill development programme launched by Dr Najma Heptulla

The Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Dr. Najma Heptulla launched innovative entrepreneurship and skill development programme of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) through leading national/ international experts in different skill sets here today. She also inaugurated two training centres of Beauty & Wellness Sector online, one in Okhla and another in Daryaganj area. In Okhla Centre Sh. Jawed Habib known for impetus to revolutionize the art of Hair Styling in India will provide scientific and systematic training to the aspirants wishing to pursue a career in cosmetology. Ms. Shahnaz Hussain will impart training to aspirants at Daryaganj centre in the area of natural care and cure. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Najma said that it is the desire and striving for excellence in any field of activity that brings recognition to the practitioner and establishes the dignity of labor.

Under a unique and first time initiative, MANAS has come up with an innovative scheme under which it proposes to use such leading celebrities having various skill sets as the driving force behind the skill development projects, in their respective fields, for the benefit of marginalised sections of minority communities. There are a large number of leading experts in different trades/skill sets, who belong to Minority Communities. They are icons for youth all over the country particularly for minority communities. They are well known public figures, who are recognized by their name, face and their associated trades/skill sets. They are inspirational figures, who motivate young population to excel in the chosen field of trade/expertise. Most of them have already acquired fame, fortune and social status, which compare with the best in the country and outside and may not be so interested in getting monetary benefits only anymore. Most of them are, more than eager to repay their respective communities by using their expertise and stature in their respective fields, for the benefit of marginalised sections of their communities and also for the society at large, by supporting the cause of skill development/up-gradation in their own areas of expertise. This is based upon the feedback received from the interaction with several leading personalities and icons in different skill sets, mainly, in Beauty & Wellness Sector, Textile & Fashion Designing, Media & Entertainment etc. like Sh. Javed Habib Akter, Ms. Shahnaz Hussain, Sh. Wendell Rodricks, Sh. Kamal Haasan and many more personalities.

Traditional Educational Institutions of Minorities like Madarsas/Maktabs and others, have been linked to Skill Development Programme of Ministry of Minority Affairs(MOMA) throughMANAS. By this path-breaking initiative, MOMA can utilize vast potential of existing network of Madarsa and Maktabs (both in terms of reach and numbers) by opening Skill Development Centres in Madrasa with the consent of Madrasa. Apart from bridging the trust deficit of the minority communities, MANAS has been able to provide door-step access to quality skill development training to marginalised sections of Minority communities particularly to women and girl child, for providing them gainful employment/self-employment. MANAS has identified and launched Skill Development Programme in various Madarsas and other traditional Educational Institutions of Minorities in the states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir and Assam.

Maulana Azad National academy for Skills (MANAS) was established under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) by National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) on 11th November, 2014, in order to fulfil the vision of Skill India” and also achieve the over-riding goal of the Government of India “SabkaSaath SabkaVikas”. MANAS provides an institutional arrangement to meet all Skill Development needs of the Minority communities in the country. As a special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), MANAS comprises of an extensive All India Level, Training Framework based on Collaboration (PPP mode) with leading and reputed Training Providers at National/ International level, in the country.

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