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College signs MoU with trade panel

Jorhat, May 19: A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat and North East Small Scale Industries Association (NESSIA), to impart skill development programmes on employment generation.

The association is a body of traders dealing with small-scale units in the Northeast, which was established in 1993, having its headquarters in Jorhat and a branch office in Guwahati. It has over 500 members from all over the region.

JB College principal Bimal Barah told The Telegraph today that the college has been offering guidance to its students on career prospects through its career counselling cell, set up a few years ago.

He said from time to time the cell has been organising awareness meetings, workshops, brief training progra-mmes on entrepreneurship development by involving experts from reputed organisations involved in promoting entrepreneurship by making youths aware about self-employment avenues available.

“To carry out the initiative (entrepreneurship development) in a larger and in more organised way, our college has tied up with NESSIA, which has vast expertise in this field,” Barah said.

He said the MoU was signed between two sides on May 16, for three years under which the NESSIA would impart various brief training programmes and conduct short-term courses for the interested students of any of the streams, science, arts and commerce, of the college.

The principal said this is the second MoU signed by the college with an organisaton to expand the gamut of education and knowledge imparted to the students.

Barah said in 2012, the college had signed an MoU with Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, under the Indian Council of Social Science Research in Delhi, to carry out the joint research on matters pertaining to social science of the Northeast, which is used for policy formulations for the region.

Under the MoU valid for a period of three years, the college is a full-fledged partner in all kinds of research activities like carrying out field surveys, organising conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposiums at various levels to collect authentic data on different aspects of social science.

“We have been doing a lot of activities with the research institute and we hope to renew it next year as the project has given us an opportunity to expand our role from teaching,” the principal said.

Secretary of NESSIA, Niren Sarmah, said the entrepreneurship development cell of the organisation would implement the MoU. He said the organisation has been organising various awareness and training programmes for transfer of technologies to promote upcoming entrepreneurship in the region.

Sarmah said each training programme (three to seven days) or short-term courses (about 10 to 15 days) will have a batch of 25 to 30 students to be selected by the career counselling cell of the college.

The programme will be organised at least twice in a year and most likely in the period between September and October or between November and February.

He said training programmes on mobile repair, two-wheelers, electronic goods, fashion designing and making handicrafts from jute will be carried out.