In a bid to provide labourers and industrial workers an opportunity to learn and enhance their basic skills, the UT labour department has decided to open a night school and college for them. The proposal has been mooted by UT deputy commissioner-and-labour commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi. As per official figures, there are around 6,000 labourers and industrial workers registered with the labour department.
The school, which is likely to become functional from August, will operate from the premises of Government College of Education in Sector 20. Moreover, the students of the Education College will be roped in to don the hat of teachers for which they will be paid by the department.
Giving details about the initiative, Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) Naveen Sharma said that in majority of cases labourers and industrial workers drop out of school due to poor financial condition of their families. “We want them to give an opportunity to learn and enhance their skills by providing free education,” said Sharma, adding that their focus would be to encourage those between 15 to 25 years of age to enroll in the school.
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The school will have classes from VII to XII. At the college level, various graduation courses will be offered. They will also be provided free books. In an effort to work out the modalities and take a feedback, the labour department recently also held meetings with representatives of different trade unions.
Lauding the initiative, Harbhajan Singh Ghambir, vice-president of Chandigarh chapter of All India Trade Union, said that the school and college will help the workers gain skills which they earlier could garner due to different reasons. He, however stressed that the department should put in efforts for making the initiative a success. Ghambir demanded that similar initiative should be started for waiters, who cannot enroll in the proposed school due to job timings.
Moreover, the department has also planned to start various programmes launched by the Centre for skill development of workers engaged in various sectors.