Chief secretary directed welfare department officials to provide space to PARFI to set up multi-trade skill development Gurukul

Ranchi : Chief secretary Rajbala Verma expressed eagerness to replicate the Gumla and East Singhbhum Gurukul models across seven districts.

Verma directed state welfare department officials to provide space to PAN-IIT Alumni Research For India (PARFI) to set up these multi-trade skill development models in Latehar, Chatra, Hazaribag, Ramgarh, Godda and Simdega to impart job-oriented skill development training to youth from Red zones. Verma suggested that these gurukuls be called ‘Kalyan Gurukul’.

During the meeting with department and PARFI officials, Verma said, “Gurukuls should be set up in buildings belonging to the state welfare across the seven identified districts to impart skills training to about 1,500 youths.”

Presently, PARFI operates state welfare department-affiliated gurukuls in seven centres across Jharkhand to benefit drop-outs and youths from Maoist-dominated areas. PARFI officials announced that about 5,000 youths have been trained and employed with the help of gurukuls and nearly 800 youths have been sent abroad for jobs.

Verma also directed the welfare department officials to provide a building, located at Tharpakhana area, to PARFI to start a skill development centre. The aim is to train at least 1,000 youth annually at the centre and prepare them for jobs. Verma suggested naming the institute ‘Kaushal College’.

CS requested that negotiations with transport department officials be held to provide licenses for youths who have been trained to navigate heavy vehicles.

PARFI officials have been directed to identify different sectors where skilled youths can be employed and organize seminars in association with Assocham, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and FIand other similar industry and trade bodies to provide employment to them after training.

This apart, Verma also urged PARFI to organize seminars in state welfare department-run residential schools to inform students about skill development at a young age.

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