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Pact with Australian firm on training

Silchar, July 17: The Mizoram government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Australian firm to create job opportunities through industrial training.

The MoU was signed in Aizawl yesterday between the state government-sponsored Mizoram Skill Development Society and an Australian company named Bhullar Education Services Pvt. Ltd (BESPL) at the Mizoram information and public relations office conference hall.

While the chairman of the Society and a former chief secretary of state government Haukhuma Hauzel signed the deal on behalf of the government, the chief executive officer (CEO) of BESPL, Michael Bhullar, represented the Australian firm.

The other dignitaries who were present included higher and technical education secretary of the Mizoram government, K. Lalnghinglova, and labour, employment and industrial training secretary of the state government, P.C. Lallawmsanga.

The Australian agency offers the modern-day requirements of industrial expertise and skills in fabrication and welding engineering, mechanical trade, manufacturing technology, mobile telephone plant technology, the heavy commercial vehicle mechanical technology and refrigeration and electrical fittings.

The recruits for this training, who have passed higher secondary examinations, will be initially trained for a year after which they will receive a certificate from the Australian education service.

The more capable and well-trained candidates will be sent to Australia for further training for two years, Bhullar said.

He said the agency would arrange for the training and research visas for the students and during this period the company would give them stipends.

Bhullar said after the training his company may also offer jobs for a period of four years to some of the students based on their skill training acumen.

He said in Australia and some other countries stress is laid on the students to imbibe such industrial expertise rather than mere passing out from schools and colleges.

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