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Don Bosco Institute organizes National Skill Conference at Guwahati, Assam


By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, Oct. 29. The two days National Skill Conference organized by Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli in collaboration with Functional Vocational Training and Research Society, Bangalore was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Bora IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam on 28th October 2015.
In his inaugural address he spoke of the lack of trained and skilled youth in our country. ''We see in the country high number of unskilled young people and this lead to the vicious circle of unemployment and other related problems like militancy etc,'' said Mr. Bora. He also emphasized that inspite of the opportunity given by the central and state government to impart skill programmes, the country and the state is lacking in providing skill education to youth. He exhorted the partners in skill programmes to identify the much needed skills in the country and impart them to the unskilled youth. ''You need to forecast the skills that the country need and promote those skills that will help the young population to stand on their own feet,'' he said.

Dr. Jayanta Madhav, the former Economic and Financial Advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam was the Guest of Honour. He spoke of the alarming percentage of school dropouts in the state of Assam and suggested ways to provide skill training to youth of the state. ''Ten years ago in Assam there were only 0.4% young people who were skill oriented. Today there is great need to impart skill education to the unemployed youth of Assam,'' said Dr. Jayanta. He encouraged all participants to impart skill training to develop the skill programme in the country.
Fr. V M Thomas, the provincial of Don Bosco in Assam and the board member of FVTRS released the case studies document at the inaugural function. He welcomed the participants to North East and said that it was a dream comes true that a national skill conference is held in the region. He shared the same vision of the government to skill five hundred million people by 2022.  ''With high dropouts of 40% between Class I to Class X there is a strong need to focus on skill development in the country and in particular to the region,'' he said. Fr.  V M Thomas voiced his concern that skill programme in the country has not really taken place. He also said that, ''We need to accelerate our skills and speed to achieve the required target in skilling the nation.''
Chief Resident Editor, Telegraph Mr. Pranab Bora said that there is need to channelized skills in proper way in a proper area.  ''There are many young Assamese artists in music industries in Mumbai and other parts of the country. There are job opportunities but how many are skilled to take up those job,'' Mr. Pranab Bora questioned.
Dr. Gandhi Doss, Vice President, FVTRS and a professor in Jammu and Kashmir University appreciated the work culture of the people of North East and encouraged the youth present to give their best in skill training programme at the Don Bosco Institute. He requested the civil authorities and the media to play a role in encouraging skill programme in the state of Assam and the North East region.
Mr. PM Philip, Executive Director FVTRS, Bangalore welcomed the dignitaries and the participants to the National Skill Conference. Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director DBI proposed the vote of thanks.  
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