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.