SRINAGAR: Implementing the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with J&K Bank to create a capable workforce through Skill Development Training Programmes (SDTP), the Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, on Tuesday inaugurated the first programme on ‘Advanced Automobile Repairing’.
The programme is being held under the university’s Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) at Rahim Automobile Institute, Rangreth, J&K Bank said in a statement issued here.
Director Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) M I Parray, Director Technical Education Showkat Zargar, Director National Institute of Electronic and Information Technology (NIELIT) Ayaz Hassan Moon, Dean faculty of engineering at KU Prof G M Bhat, CEO Rahim Automobles Abdul Hamid, J&K Bank’s in-charge Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility Sajjad Bazaz, prominent businessman Shakeel Qalander, and trainees were present on the occasion.
“The bank under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is, among other things, focusing on skill development programmes where youth, particularly those belonging to below poverty line families, shall be sponsored to undergo various skill programmes in the areas of automobile repairing, mobile phone repairing, food processing, AutoCad, masonry, carpentry etc,” the release said.
“The EDC shall be identifying the eligible candidates for the courses and the bank shall not only provide financial assistance in terms of course fee etc but also monitor and handhold such candidates so that they get themselves appropriately employed,” it said.
In his address on the occasion, J&K Bank’s Chairman and CEO Mushtaq Ahmad stressed on the need to create “a robust workforce” that could suit needs of the market in the state.
“We have institutionalised our support in this regard by utilising the facilities available at KU (EDC), a vibrant platform for incubating innovative technologies and providing skill development training under one roof in the state,” he said.
He said the project is part of the Bank’s CSR agenda, which seeks “to make substantial and long-term interventions in capacity building of the weaker sections of society”.
The bank, he said, should provide “complete financial support” to all the 20 trainees in the first batch undergoing the training.
Appreciating the bank’s “meaningful interventions” in the economic development of the state, the Vice Chancellor said, “Under its CSR, J&K Bank has been generous to all causes of social development in the state.”