114 SC students to get jobs under BARTI programme

For Eshwar Meshram from Gadchiroli and Vivek Panchabhai from Gondia,it would be a new beginning from Tuesday as they start off as operation team members at Cafe Coffee Day and Fashion associate at Shoppers Stop in Pune and Nagpur.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: August 12, 2013 3:00 am

For Eshwar Meshram from Gadchiroli and Vivek Panchabhai from Gondia,it would be a new beginning from Tuesday as they start off as operation team members at Cafe Coffee Day and Fashion associate at Shoppers Stop in Pune and Nagpur.

They are among the 114 students who will be placed under a flagship programme run by Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Training Institute (BARTI),an autonomous institution under the Department of Social Welfare. A one-month training by the Future Group and all India group of local self government has seen the students get a hundred per cent placement under the pilot programme.

“For the first time,all students who have been trained have been placed. While 30 students will be placed in Cafe Coffee Day,54 will be placed at Shopper’s Stop outlets,” said Rohan Joshi,programme director of the skill development programme,BARTI.

Under the PM’s skill development programme for the youth,BARTI’s focus has been on scheduled caste students. It has allocated Rs 40 crore for the programme,which is directed towards training and stipend for them. BARTI has tied up with various institutes and there are a list of 15 training programmes lined up for students. “While we have started with the retail outlet programmes,we are also focusing on engineering,automobile and other sectors as well. To start with,we have kept the criteria of Class X failed students who can be trained after undergoing a skill-based programme,’’ said Joshi.

Students,who have got offer letters,have formed a Facebook page sharing their experiences. “Some students will get Rs 7,000-9,500,and boosting our confidence is the motive of the training programme,’’ said students,who will join work after an internship.

With courses for sportswomen at Gold Gym and patient assistance training in the health sector,the aim is to train students so that they can be employed immediately after the course. After tie-ups with various institutes,BARTI is planning to take in more students for more such courses.

Even as the target is 7,000 students,BARTI is aiming for 75 per cent placement. “We plan to increase student intake to 25,000 under a Rs 120-crore programme.”

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