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UGC courses debut in Barak

- Students to get vocational training in agro, retail business

Silchar, June 23: The UGC has sponsored a degree college in south Assamís Cachar district to open a community college to train its students for a year in job-oriented courses like farm management, agriculture business and retail trading.

The 54-year-old Cachar College here, the second largest degree college in the district with about 3,000 students, has bagged this coveted one-year programme in two courses ó undergraduate diploma in farm management and agro business and undergraduate diploma in retail business.

The courses will be flagged off next month with faculty hired from Cachar College and Assam Central University here, Debashish Kar, principal of Cachar College, said today.

This is a maiden venture for any college in Barak valley to introduce such a model course for youths seeking either self-employment or any skilled vocational job.

To begin with, 30 students from either Cachar College or from any other college would be inducted for training in each of the two courses, Kar said. The classes will continue for two hours each evening. Eligibility for admission will be higher secondary pass and there will be no age limit for trainees, sources in the college said. Priority will be given to candidates from the economically weaker sections of society. The sources said the UGC has selected 200 colleges across the country to open skill development courses. To provide incentive to youths opting for such job-oriented courses, the UGC will offer a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 to each student taking up such courses.

The Silchar Municipal Board has also provided grants and monetary incentive to NGOs here for providing free vocational training to students and unemployed youths. Calcutta-based NGO Aastha Foundation recently imparted three monthsí skill training to about 200 youths in the district.

Following such training, about 70 youths have bagged jobs in companies like Impulse Group, Aegis Limited, Serco Global, Tawia and Metlife in the country.


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