Ambuja foundation institute in Himachal looks for expansion

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Shimla: Imparting skill development among rural youth, the Darlaghat based Institute of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship is looking for expanding the institute and has approached the government for establishing a larger campus.

Speaking to the media, Umesh Prasad, who heads the institute said, “in three years 848 students have been trained of which 425 have found meaningful employment and another 297 have taken up self employed ventures.”

“Given by the response, we have approached the government for providing land for establishing a larger institute,” he said.

Set up by Ambuja Cement Foundation in collaboration with Punjab National Bank and NABARD, Rs 1.37 Cr has been spent of creating the institutes’ infrastructure on land donated by Ambuja Cements.

Since the skill enhancement courses are provided on a token fee for a six month duration, the management has agreed to increase it to 9 months which qualifies as a full-fledged course, said Prasad.

VK Jain, a trustee of the foundation said that as there was large demand from the watch manufacturing industry for skilled manpower, the management had agreed to start a watch assembly and repair course at the institute.

Training in trades like carpentry, mason, computer hardware, mobile repair, TV and radio repair electrical, electronics, plumber, heavy earth movers and others is imparted at the institute.

General manager of PNB, SD Sharma on the occasion said that the bank as part of its corporate social responsibility was keen in setting up a farmers training institute. The government has been approached in identifying land, he added.

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Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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