Ravish Ranjan (left), the director of IIHT, addresses guests and students during the inauguration of the course at Tribal Culture Centre last Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for life.
Proving the contemporary value of this ancient proverb, Tata Steel, Tribal Cultural Society and Indian Institute of Hardware Technology (IIHT), Jamshedpur, will jointly train 46 tribal youths to become hardware professionals.
The youths — from either Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe category — are from across Kolhan region. They will be given free training for a year in hardware technology after which they will get placed in firms.
The initiative was inaugurated last week by Vinay Prasad, head (procurement, IT), central buying, Tata Steel, on the premises of Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari.
It comes as a lifeline for jobless but educated tribal youths.
“I graduated from college eight years ago but am unemployed. I taught village children to make both ends meet. I hope this training programme gets me a good job after a year,” said Srijan Kisku of Chandil.
Pummi Kumari of Chakradharpur, studying honours in Hindi, also wants a certificate as a hardware networking professional.
“I am currently a student of BA part I. Only pursuing graduation from a small town such as Chakradharpur won’t help me to get a job. My brother is a Montessori teacher in a private school in Chakradharpur, which is not sufficient to feed three mouths of our family. I wanted to do something that has a demand in the market,” Pummi said, adding that she would travel by train daily from Chakradharpur.
For Pummi and her classmates, IIHT has lowered its course fee to Rs 18,000 per student instead of the normal Rs 26,000.
Tata Steel will bear the fee.
“Needy tribal students from the hinterland also have huge potential to excel. We are taking this initiative as a part of community service. Placements are guaranteed. We will also groom them in software,” said IIHT director Ravish Ranjan.