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Skill Development Institute inaugurated in collaboration with German Childaid Network


By Bhivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, Mar. 21. In an effort to impart employability skills among the unemployed youth and school dropouts, a Skill Development Institute - Bosco Skill Training Institute (BSTI) - was blessed and launched at Barpeta Road, Guwahati on Monday 16 March. Fr. VM Thomas, the provincial inaugurated the building in the presence of Dr. Martin Kasper, the President of Childaid Network, Germany , and  Assam government dignitaries, guests from Germany and England, the Rector of Don Bosco Barpeta Fr. Marcus Lakra,  and a large gathering of priests, nuns, students and their guardians. The launching of the programme was synchronized with the commencement of the new batch of training in skill development under the Government of Assam project.
''This newly inaugurated institute is aimed at providing training in hospitality and other traits to the youth, honing their skills and preparing them for industry and as experts in particular domain,'' Fr. Lakra said while welcoming the guests. Lauding the German Government and the Childaid Network, Germany for supporting and partnering Don Bosco Province of Guwahati in its endevour to establish the Bosco Skill Training Institute, the provincial Fr VM Thomas stated, ''This is a moment of great joy for the province to be able to set up another skill development institute. This is a dream come true. Now the youth of this region and more especially of this district can have access to training, employment and developing of their full potentialities.''

Fr VM Thomas expressed gratitude to the German government and all the German friends who helped in the building construction. He appreciated Dr. Kasper, President of Childaid Network and the Round Tablers for the financial help extended. He expressed his hope for more help in the construction of the hostels for both the boys and girls.  

Speaking on the occasion Dr  Kasper said that joint initiatives by Don Bosco and Childaid Network will undoubtedly go a long way in not only honing the skill sets of the youth but also in assisting in the gainful employment of such skilled manpower created through the project in the state. It would strengthen the availability of skill sets for various States in India. Complimenting the hard work of the confreres at Barpeta Dr. Kasper added, ''a few months ago when I visited this place, it was a slushy, slumpy place but today we have a beautiful institute here and I really hope this centre will help you to build your dreams.''  He further said that the success of the project will open up possibilities of its expansion for other trades related to skill development.

Present at the occasion was the Superintendent of Police, Barpeta Road, Mr. Shiladutta Chetia, who is an alumnus of Don Bosco Guwahati. He said, ''It is a commendable project undertaken by Don Bosco to train a large chunk of the population and enable them to be job ready and self reliant. It is a great honor to be associated with this noble cause.'' He praised the Don Bosco Society at helping in the development of the country and the region in particular.

The students of Don Bosco Barpeta Road displayed their talents through various cultural dances at the inaugural function.
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