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Hills College starts first Vocational degree program

Salesian College Sonada and its Siliguri campus has launched for the first time Skill Oriented diploma and degree courses starting with this academic session in mid-July.

Admissions are going on for Bachelor of Vocation Courses in Retail Management, at Sonada, and Travel and Tourism Management at Siliguri campus.

“This skill based program which provides both Diploma and Degree possibilities is the need of the hour to fight growing unemployment in the country,” says Principal Dr George Thadathil who claims Salesian to be the first college to implement the program in the Hills.

“Both students and parents are enthusiastic when informed about the new program with three possible exit points, namely diploma, advanced diploma and degree,” says Program Coordinator at Sonada and HoD of BBA program Assistant Professor Dhiren Newar.

Newar adds, “The parents are happy, because the admission fee is only Rs. 1,600 (almost ten times lower than regular courses at Sonada), and the tuition fee is affordable at Rs.600 (six hundred) per month.”

“The students are happy, as the course has only 40 per cent theory content and 60 per cent practicals with industry tie-up for internship and employability absorption,” explains B.Voc first batch student Farman Khan coming from Himali Boarding School.

Khan gets eloquent when he speaks about B.Voc opportunities saying, “Students are tired of continuous studies. What we need is skills imporatnt for the job market.”

“If a student is in urgent need to start earning, he or she can leave the program after one year with diploma,” Khan adds.

Under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, various skill oriented courses are implemented by University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) through Community Colleges, Bachelor of Vocation courses (B.VoC), and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Kausal Kendras to boost the employability of youth.

Currently, there are 1109 courses being run by 556 institutions (300 B.VoC. colleges, 188 Community Colleges and 68 DDU Kaushal Kendras), in which 38,414 students are receiving skill training with certification.

“The assessment and certification of skill development courses being implemented by the institutions under MHRD is done by Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), which come under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship,” said Union Minister for Human Resource, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 4th July 2019.

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Former HoD, Dept of Mass Communications at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, C.M. Paul was editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata and director of Don Bosco International News Agency (ANS) based in Rome. He has MA degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

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Amway Unveils global CSR initiative in Guwahati

20 Mar 2009 - 12:15am | Nanda Kirati Dewan
Amway Opportunity Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, unveiled Project Sunrise in Guwahati today. This project is part of the global welfare initiative for the less privileged child. AOF will partner Guwahati Blind High School, for a three-year period.

At a formal function at Guwahati Blind School Mr. Bickramjit Paul, Area Manager, Northeast,Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd and member of Amway Opportunity Foundation flagged off “Project Sunrise” by presenting Braille Text Books and educational aid to Bhaven Barman, Coordinator, Guwahati Blind High School. Also present were AOF representatives, children and other teachers of Guwahati Blind High School. Amway Opportunity Foundation has undertaken printing and distribution of Braille Text Books for the children of Guwahati Blind School. Besides, Amway Opportunity foundation also has donated Braille Papers to all students of Guwahati Blind School. To mark the inauguration of the project, AOF has handed over few Braille text books to Guwahati Blind School.

“Project Sunrise is supported by Amway’s Global CSR initiative - One by One, and will extend to 52 orphanages across the country. This Project is primarily supported by Amway’s 50th year anniversary funds, where AOF will engage partnerships with NGOs to support on-going education, healthcare (with focus on access to safe drinking water) and nutrition,” said Diptarag Bhattacharjee, Vice President - East, Amway, also a volunteer of AOF. Interestingly, Amway considers all its employees and distributors, as AOF volunteers.

“Amway’s initiative is laudable and worth emulating,” said Bhaven Barman. Bickramjit Paul, also an active member of AOF announced regular health check up facility for children at Guwahati Blind School. Amway will bear the monthly health check up expenses that will include check up by medical specialists, all medical tests of children and deworming. AOF has also donated Water Purifier to Guwahati Blind School thus ensuring access to safe drinking water. Amway’s Bickramjit Paul also handed over musical instruments like Harmonium and Tabla to the students of Guwahati Blind School. These instruments would be used for lessons on music.

“We will embark on a three year partnership with the NGOs and orphanages in 15 towns in eastern India to begin with. We believe we can work together to build a brighter future for the children. At Amway we always strive to bring in meaningful difference in the lives of less privileged children. We would be very happy if our little contribution helps in the progress of children,” said Bhattacharjee.

Guwahati Blind High School is a residential blind school that imparts education to 74 blind children under the aegis of Education Department of Govt of Assam. Set up way back in 1976 by Society for Welfare of Blind, a Guwahati based NGO; the school provides refuge to underprivileged children who are deprived of all light and colours of life. The school provides education from class I to Class X. In 1985, Govt of Assam has taken over the administration of the school. It aims to provide a better life to the blind children helping them become self reliant.

ULFA welcomes Tarun Gogoi's decision to hold peace-talk

29 May 2010 - 3:22am | sankal


The banned ULFA on friday (May 28) have welcomed the decision by the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to hold peace talks with the outfit.


A crucial meeting of the outfit held here at the Guwahati central jail which was attended by the jailed and released ULFA leaders opined that the organisation will soon be holding a meeting to finalise its decision to have or not to have peace talks with the Govt. minus it's Commander-in-Chief Paresh Barua.


In a press communique issued after the meeting, the ULFA publicity secretary , Mithinga Daimary stated that the need of the hour is to have a congenial atmosphere for the proposed talk with the Government.He also demanded the release of the jailed ULFA leaders. He said that the senior citizen's forum even through a convention had adopted resolutions favouring Paresh Barua to be included in the proposed Govt-ULFA peace talk.He however hinted to sit in an another meeting of the ULFA leaders on Saturday to take its final decision.The meeting was attended by the oufit's Chairman Aravinda Rajkhowa, advisor Bhimkanta Burhagohain, finance secretary Chitrban Hazarika, deputy commander-in-chief Raju Barua, foreign secretary Shashadhar Chowdhury, cultural secretary Pranati Deka and publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary.


Freedom fighter called hunger strike supporting peace process

1 Mar 2008 - 10:18am | SK Hasan
Vetern freedom fighter of Nazira Sub-division Md. Sahidur Rahman informed us that for longer interest of an state and demands urgent peace talk between the Central Govt & ULFA. He along with Miliki Baruah, mother of ULFA chief Proesh Baruah and Mrs. Damayanti Rajkumari, mother of Arabinda Rajkhowa, Chairman of ULFA, will recently take part in hunger strike at Sivasagar. They will urge the Govt to do long term sustainable development programme for speedy and all round development of Assam