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Don Bosco Institute Launches First Centre of Excellence in Nepal


By Father Pulickal Augusty
The Minster of Energy and Water Resources Pampha Bhusal speaking at the function
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Kathmandu, Nepal, Sep. 22. Schneider Electric Foundation - the social commitment arm of Schneider Electric and Don Bosco Institute, Nepal, committed to the poor young people in the Kathmandu valley, has launched a Centre of Excellence at Lalitpur, Nepal. Honourable Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Nepal, Pampha Bhusal, inaugurated the centre with French Ambassador-designate Gilles Bourbao present. With State-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the centre will provide vocational training and skill development to around 1000 youth over the next five years in home and building installation, basic automation, home automation, safe and secure building operations, industrial installations controls and drives.
Speaking on this occasion, Anil Chaudhry, CEO- Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. and Zone President, Greater India, said, ''At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to energy is a basic human right. With this vision, we are proud to launch the Centre of Excellence in partnership with Don Bosco Institute, Nepal. Job creation and skill development must accompany universal energy access for maximum benefit. Through the launch of this centre, we aim to contribute towards skill development in the industry and create a pool of highly skilled youth in Nepal.''

Gilles Vermont SVP, Corporate Citizenship, Schneider Electric said at the launch, ''Under the umbrella of the Foundation de France, we at Schneider Electric Foundation focuses on global change and promote a fair society to ensure a better future for the younger generations. We aim to provide a fantastic opportunity to the youth of the country by helping them to acquire adequate skills and give them access to better job opportunities.''

The Centre of Excellence assures an advanced vocational skilling in energy which is beneficial and relevant to the young people. ''Our institution is doing a significant service to the society by skilling young people in various technical fields. The Schneider Electric Foundation France sponsored lab is an added boon to the training imparted at this centre,'' said Father Pulickal Augusty, Rector, Don Bosco Institute Thech.  

The Nepal Don Bosco Society, under the jurisdiction of the Salesian Province of Kolkata, India, promotes the education of poor young people in the Kathmandu valley. Nepal Don Bosco Society began its work in 1999 with a high school at Siddhipur, a village within Lalitpur District. Schneider Electric Foundation has philanthropic initiatives focusing on training youth to improve their life and job prospects. The organization has already supported more than 150 ambitious professional training programs in the electricity sector, providing access to energy in emerging countries. The foundation further aims to train a million young people and 10,000 trainers by 2025 globally.

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