By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, June 29: National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) head Sanjaya Pradhan (affirmative action industry partnership & CSR) leading a team including Mahendra Payaal [RPL, special project, NE left wing extremist (LWE)], Sunil Rawat, manager (operations, SCPWD, SSC), Nishtha Vengurlekar, coordinator, NE & LWE and Mostomi Zimik, analyst, NE, at the initiative of state Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra arrived here today on mission skill development.
The team escorted by escorted by state skill development & entrepreneurship secretary Onit Panyang, National Youth Project (NYP) president H P Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar during discussion with Chimpu-based Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing & Visually Impaired principal H Sharma suggested to find possibility of developing a dedicated centre with dedicated technical team to impart skill training even to trainees from outside the residential institute.
That would justify its presence in the state and could avail various benefits of the Centre for the purpose, they informed.
The team also inspected NYP head office here where they were briefed about various activities including imparting skill training to over 88,378 people, including 144 boys and girls through first CM’s Livelihood Mission School set up at Nampong in Changlang district and 4,680 people with special abilities in 15 districts as working partner of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Disability.
The team discussed the possibility of allotting more skill raining to NYP before a four of them met skill development & entrepreneurship (SD&E) director Subu Tabin, while Pradhan along with Biswas and Kumar inspected Wizard Academy, a residential coaching centre at Naharlagun owned by Rajir Karlo. Its academic head S Biswas and counselor Jamuna Bui briefed that centre presently offering coaching to classes-IX to XII students during morning and evening could impart skill training during day time.
Pradhan along with Biswas and Kumar ha a thread bare discussion with RKM Hospital secretary Visheshanada Maharaj and assistant secretary Pradiptananada Maharaj in the hospital campus later, when both swamijis categorically said that they would not be interested in any short term course but only long term (one to two years) ones related to health sectors which would be useful to the trainees to earn decent livelihood and also for state’s health sector.
There are six courses, like lab assistant, which would make them employable while the GNM school rum by RKM is the first in the state.
Pradhan said that the NSDC prescribes entry level job roles of various skill training for 250 to 300 hours, while the proposed courses could be for 1,000 to 1,500 hours (six months to two years). Hinting that job roles of health sector have been prescribed by Health Sector Skill Council, he highlighted various benefits under NSDC, National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme and sought proposals.
Swami Visheshanada said such apprenticeship training could be imparted as a training partner of state Govt, which could employ them. Kumar pitched in support saying the state has poorest doctor: nurse ratio while most of health centre lack trained staff despite the GoAP attached ‘ziro tolerance policy’ to health sector.
Biswas suggested some viable schemes when Swami Pradiptananada advocated vast scope for food processing units because of production of various fruits aplenty, saying schemes should by based on agri-horti sector to suit the agrarian tribal state to earn their livelihood, which was appreciated by Pradhan.