The Telegraph
Thursday , March 6 , 2014
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Old boys help tribal youths

After serving needy patients for the past 27 years, Loyola Alumni Association has now shifted focus towards underprivileged tribal youths.

The alumni outfit has tied up with Chaibasa-based Tribal Research Training Centre to provide hands-on experience to tribal youths pursuing vocational courses.

As part of the initiative, the alumni body is conducting training sessions in various disciplines, so that the needy youths get exposure and opportunities to clinch jobs in the steel city.

Last month, 19 trainees, including girls, from the Chaibasa centre underwent daylong training at The Boulevard Hotel in Bistupur and learnt how various departments in the hotel function.

The training in hospitality was offered jointly by Ronald D’Costa, partner of The Boulevard Hotel and a Loyola alumnus, and Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association, which has come to the aid of the youths.

The candidates were divided into three groups and taken around the hotel during the daylong training.

“For many years, we have been serving needy patients with medicines and consultation at our free clinic. However, alumni from outside the medical field had been toying with the idea to train needy youths and help them find jobs,” said Rajeev Talwar, secretary of the Loyola Alumni Association.

Talwar added that the alumni outfit had charted an action plan for the next few months.

The outfit has joined hands with a city-based automobile service station to train interested youths from the centre in mechanics and driving. During the training exercise, which will be held in March, the youths will be taught to repair and drive cars.

In April, youths pursuing vocational courses in computer hardware will be trained by secretary of the alumni outfit Talwar, who runs an IT firm in the city.

Officials at the Tribal Research Training Centre feel that the training in Jamshedpur can provide great placement opportunities for the youths.

“We are running a host of vocational training programmes for over 100 youths. Our objective is to train them so that they can earn a living. The collaboration with Loyola Alumni Association is a great opportunity for our students to clinch jobs in Jamshedpur,” said Father Ranjit Kindo, in-charge of vocational training programmes at the Chaibasa centre.