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Doctor helps youths learn computer

A US-based doctor has taken it upon himself to impart computer education to poor students and help them get jobs in the district.

On Sunday, Dr Prabhat Das organised a training programme at Chandradhari Museum and distributed certificates to hundreds of students who completed their diploma in computer application at Dr Prabhat Das Foundation Computer Education Centre, his NGO.

The foundation also imparts computer training free of cost to rural people through mobile camps in the villages.

The centre provides six-months’ training to impart the basics. They learn MS Office, Internet, DOS (disk operating system), Tally and others. Several students have landed jobs after the training.

“Knowledge of basic computer skills is very necessary. “After completing my MBBS degree from Darbhanga Medical College, I settled in New Jersey around 25 years back. However, I faced a lot of difficulty in treating patients, as I was computer-illiterate. So, I decided to provide computer training to people in Darbhanga,” Dr Das said.

Das said: “In US, doctors have to see charts mentioning blood pressure, temperature, medicines and we do not talk to patients. There was no face-to-face communication. Everything is done through computers. I realised the importance of being computer-literate there. I had to take help from seniors to learn it. I feel proud now as young students are learning computers at an early age.”

Shivani Kumari, a Class X student who received the certificate, said: “I got training at Dr Prabhat Das Foundation Computer Education Centre. I learnt basic computers for six months free of cost. I even landed a job at a call centre but my parents were not in favour so I did not join it. I was charged nominally for the course — Rs 600 for six months for maintenance of power and the laboratory.”