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Rural Technology Institute’s new building inaugurated at Alamkhani

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Karimganj (Assam): The new building of the Rural Technology Institute (RTI) run by Assam-based NGO PFI Foundation was inaugurated on 1st May 2011 at its Alamkhani Campus. The new building, a workshop shed and four classrooms, were built with financial assistance from Islamic Relief Worldwide (UK). The RTI is a rural Vocational Training Centre project initiated by the Foundation. At present three streams/skills-based training programs are being conducted at the centre: (1) Front Office Management, (2) Security Guards and (3) Call Centre Assistant.

In a community gathering at Alamkhani village in Karimganj district, the new building was inaugurated and dedicated to the people by Advocate Zakir Hussain, the local District Council representative of the area. On behalf of the people of the locality Advocate Hussain lauded the generous grant provided by the Islamic Relief Worldwide, especially Islamic Relief Mauritius. He expressed his hope that IRW will continue to support the centre in future also. The immediate requirement of the centre is to set up a full-fledged Office Management training unit and installation of more computers for handling adequate number of training as per the increased requirement of the job market.

Explaining the progress made so far in imparting training programmes in the three skill areas, Sadique Hussain, centre incharge, informed the gathering that so far three batches of 95 security guards have been trained, two batches of 40 Front Office Assistants and Call Centre Assistants have been pre-selected so far. Out of the trained Security Guards, 25 have been placed in various companies and the rest are undergoing soft skill training (English language etc) before attending the next placement interviews.

The Rural Technology Institute is also granted an additional Computer Assisted Business Accounting (CABA) and DTP Training Center by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) under the Union Ministry of HRD. The Ministry has also sanctioned a 2-year Arabic Diploma Training centre to offer language skill training for employment prospects in the Gulf. Under these additional streams of NCPUL sponsored programmes till date 53 and 40 trainees respectively have been successfully trained so far.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 17

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