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Joint Commissioner of Police (North), M.Ravi hands over the course completion certificate to a student at a function organised by Aide et Action in Chennai on Wednesday. Deputy general manager of NABARD K.Sukumar and music director Dharan (left), are in the picture.
Joint Commissioner of Police (North), M.Ravi hands over the course completion certificate to a student at a function organised by Aide et Action in Chennai on Wednesday. Deputy general manager of NABARD K.Sukumar and music director Dharan (left), are in the picture.

Staff Reporter

About 80 per cent of the students have got jobs

CHENNAI: J. Pavithra of Perambur had to discontinue her diploma course in computer technology for want of money. But now, her life has changed after undergoing the free computer course offered by ‘Aide et Action,’ an international voluntary organisation dedicated to provision of education to underprivileged people.

She was one among the 600 candidates who received their course completion certificates at a ceremony organised here on Wednesday. It is an initiative of the Institute for Livelihood, Education and Development (iLead) started by ‘Aide et Action’ to promote job-oriented training among the underprivileged youngsters, particularly school dropouts.

“I completed three-month course in MS-Office. I now earn Rs. 4,000 every month. The training has boosted my self-confidence. I want to simultaneously pursue higher education,” said Ms. Pavithra. About 80 per cent of the students who underwent training in various courses, including automobile technology, hospitality, customer relation service and information technology-enabled services, have got jobs. The remaining students plan to pursue higher studies.

M. Vijay Kumar joined a factory after completing his SSLC due to family pressure. “I want to pursue BBA while working part-time. The free vocational course has helped me to learn a new skill and also communicate better as there were sessions on spoken English and personality development,” he said.

K. Ananth, head of iLead cell, ‘Aide et Action,’ said that there are 96 centres across the country and Sri Lanka from which 44,000 candidates have benefited since 2005. In Chennai, about 9,000 students have completed various courses in two centres set up at Perambur and Neelankarai.

Joint Commissioner of Police (North) M. Ravi who distributed the certificates, advised the students to make use of the opportunity provided to them and settle in a successful career.

Deputy general manager of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) K. Sukumar said that the bank would support the livelihood programmes of the non-governmental organisations. Cultural programmes by the students were also held as part of the ceremony.

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