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.