JKDF launches ‘Nai Manzil’ Scheme in Central Kashmir Budgam
Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, May 16 (Only Kashmir): The Jammu and Kashmir Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Development Foundation (JKDF) Monday launched Central Sector Scheme titled ‘Nai Manzil’ at Central Kashmir’s Budgam district through Society for Development and Training (SDT). The scheme is sponsored by Ministry of Minority Affairs Government of India under which unemployment and school dropout youths will be provided formal education (up till Class 8th or 10th) and skill training along with certification in the age group of 17 to 35 years.
Pertinently, Nai Manzil Scheme is an integrated Education and Livelihood Initiative for the Minority Communities. Society for Development and Training (SDT) has been empanelled for the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Bilal Parray Chairman JKDF said Nai Manzil Scheme aims to benefit the minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years who are school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like Madarsas, by providing them an integrated input of formal education (up till Class VIII or X) and skill training along with certification, with a view of enabling them to seek better employment in the organized sector and equipping them with better lives. Minimum 30% seats are earmarked for minority girls.
He said the schame includes a Non-residential programme of 9-12 months duration involving a Basic Bridge Programme (For Class VIII or Class X) for their education, along with training in trade based skills for sustained livelihood/gainful employment. The scheme covers the entire country.
Pertinently, after successful completion of training, the PIAs will facilitate the placement of trainees in jobs for wage employment. It is mandated that minimum 70% of the youth trained under the project should be successfully placed within three months of completion of training.
Among others Arif Ahmad, Showkat Ahmad (Green Field School) and Ajaz Ahmad were also present on the occasion. (OK)