With the objective to provide education and skill-based training to underprivileged and drop-out students, Centre’s Nai Manzil scheme was launched at Education Research and Development Foundation (ERDF), Guwahati on May 23.

Additional secretary at ministry of minority affairs Siddharth Kishore Dev Verman, formally opened the scheme in presence of ERDF chairman M Hoque along with other ERDF members and beneficiaries of the scheme.

Inaugurating the scheme, Verman highlighted the importance of implementation of the scheme. He said, “Though there are several other schemes being implemented for the interest of the minority communities, those are either only educational or only skill-based. However, Nai Manzil is such a scheme which provides education as well as skill training and that is why this scheme will give maximum benefit to the targeted beneficiaries.”

He urged the beneficiaries to take up the course and the training seriously in order to achieve the goals.

Verman appreciated the efforts of ERDF for rendering its services for the society and especially for the minority communities for the last couple of years and revealed that the ministry has sanctioned the scheme to ERDF keeping this achievement in view.

Addressing the gathering, ERDF chairman M Hoque said that due to the efforts made by ERDF during the last one and half decade, the organization is very closely connected to the society and is now in a position to conduct this much needed scheme to uplift the minority communities.

Nai Manzil aims to provide educational intervention by giving the bridge courses to the trainees and getting them certificates for class XII and X from distance medium educational system. It seeks to provide trade basis skill training in four courses at the same time of formal education—manufacturing, engineering, services and soft skills.

The scheme intends to cover people between the age group of 17 and 35 from all minority communities. This scheme will provide new avenues for minorities for continuing higher education and also open up employment opportunities in the organised sector.

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