Skill Development Programme inaugurated by Dr. Najma Heptulla, Union Minister
for Minority Affairs
A scheme of Skill Development
Centers for Madrassa students by Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS)
under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India was launched in
Guwahati today on Pilot Project basis. Dr. Najma Heptulla, Honourable Union
Minister of Minority Affairs inaugurated the Skill Development Centers from the
campus of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya via remote video link
in four different madrassas in the district of Kamrup, Assam and a Skill
Development Centre in USTM. The facility of the Skill Development Centre at USTM
will also be availed by the Christian minority in the neighbourhood of USTM.
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya will provide the technological
support for the programme. In future MANAS will implement the scheme in more
institutions in the remote interior of the region.
Launch of the Skill Development Centers through traditional educational
institution is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of
skilling minority community with speed, scale and standards across the country.
This scheme would bring together key stakeholders accelerating the process of
their gainful integration with the workforce of the entire country, by providing
them sustainable livelihoods with primarily focus on self-employment.
Objective of launching of the scheme is to highlight the significance of
skilling, vocational education and entrepreneurship amongst the minority
community of the country and make them feel that by skilling at their door-steps
they shall also become an integral part of the Skilled India Mission - leading
to Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas.
On the occasion, Dr. Najma Heptulla inaugurated the Maulana Azad Academic Block
and laid the foundation of Maulana Azad Central Library of USTM.