Career tips for rural students

The students and officers in Dobu on Saturday. Telegraph picture

Tura, Oct. 14: IAS and IPS officers interacted with students of Dobu, a rural area in East Garo Hills about 115km from here, and advised them about career opportunities in administrative services.

The programme, held yesterday, was conceptualised by Dr R. Napak, in-charge of Dobu public health centre.

Dadenggre sub-divisional officer (civil) Swapnil Timbe informed the students about the different services, including National Defence Service and Combined Defence Service, and the examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

West Garo Hills superintendent of police M.G. Raghuvendra Kumar spoke on passion, perseverance and being focused on a goal or objective.

East Garo Hills deputy commissioner Ram Kumar spoke on the reservation policy for Scheduled Tribes in UPSC exams and urged the students to appear for them and avail the benefit of the policy. "Indigenous people from the Northeast, particularly Garo hills, hardly appear in civil service exams. It is important that our youth appear for such exams," he said.

Meghalaya education and literacy minister Deborah Marak congratulated Dobu PHC for taking the lead in creating career awareness among students of the backward area. Encouraging the students to pursue their dreams, she asked them to decide on a career path and work hard to achieve it. "The modern era calls for skill-oriented courses, which enable us to be prepared for the future," she said.

The minister said job opportunities in the government sector were saturated and a viable alternative was skill-based education, which will prepare them for employment.

"Educational institutions should play the role of a motivator and director to infuse vision and ignite the minds of the youth to channel their dreams into reality," she said.

She said Garo hills was blessed with extraordinary and talented young people but the challenges of the education system posed a deterrent to the youths to demonstrate their true potential. "Our young people do not get proper access to education and exposure, which are ingredients to channel their ideas and thoughts into reality."

She urged educated youth to take up agriculture and farming, which can provide better livelihood opportunities. "In an advanced nation, children of farmers get educated to become better farmers. We have to follow the trend to enhance farming in Garo hills," she said.


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