Chief secretary RS Sharma hands over passport to an IIT Gurukul trainee in Bundu on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Son of a poor farmer, Nawadih boy Champa Toppo (22), a matriculate, had never stepped outside Gumla district. He had resigned himself to being a petty farmer in a Naxalite-hit area
Farmer of Khapia, Chatra district, Md Abrar Ansari (23) was worried how to give a comfortable life to his seven-member family, including four younger siblings
Bundu, Oct. 25: Toppo, Ansari and 23 other struggling youths from rebel belts of Jharkhand received passports from state chief secretary R.S. Sharma today to go to Dubai where technical jobs await them.
A dedicated team of IIT alumni helped bring about this drastic turnaround for the youths under the aegis of Pan-IIT Reach for India.
Not only did the former IITians arrange vocational training in mechanical, electrical works and plumbing, they arranged placements for the rural youths and coordinated with respective district officials for passports and other formalities.
The youths are now undergoing a 60-day vocational training programme at the Pan-IIT Gurukul in Ranchi’s rebel-hit Bundu block.
IIT alumnus and experts of Trans Gulf Construction Company, the Dubai-based company that will appoint these youths when they complete their training by October 28, are mentoring them.
In fact, the whole point of the programme was to give the batch of 25 youths from rebel-hit interiors a chance to learn, earn and build a new life.
Chief secretary Sharma, himself an IIT alumnus, distributed the passports at Tau village in Bundu, 30km from Ranchi district headquarters , hardly 15km from Rahe market, where on December 5, 2008, Maoist guerrillas stabbed five special task force (STF) jawans before shooting them in broad daylight.
“I am proud of the dedicated efforts of some IIT alumni, who without caring for their personal fast-track careers, helped train poor youths from the state to get jobs. Imparting skills builds a strong nation,” chief guest Sharma said.
He added the state government was also interested to replicate the vocational training-cum-placement model across the state to check insurgency.
Vice-president of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Sumit Mazumdar, who promised IIT alumni help establish 30 such Gurukuls dedicated to vocational training for underprivileged youths across the country, was also present on the occasion.
Mazumdar lauded the efforts of IIT alumni. “Job oriented vocational training is the need of hour as the education system is incapable to fulfil the requirements of the industry. Most educated youths are unemployable. In the era of globalisation, we need to create a skilled human resource base. Unemployment creates unrest,” he said.
Chairman of Trans Gulf Construction Company Shekhar Reddy said he was happy with the venture. “The youths won’t face any difficulty in Dubai,” he said.
Chairman of Karam Chand Thapar and Brothers (Coal Sales) Ltd, Vikram M. Thapar, present at the event, promised jobs to other youths at his two companies in Jharkhand.
Chief general manager of Nabard K. C. Panda, who gave a loan of Rs 14,000 to each youth undergoing the training, said their help would continue.
Vinay Kumar Choubey, Ranchi deputy commissioner and another IIT alumnus, said the district administration gave Rs 50 lakh and a welfare department building to establish the Gurukul.