Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that the Himayat programme has opened up “huge opportunities for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir by showing them new ways to forge ahead with confidence.”

The Advisor made these remarks while presiding over the campus hiring organised by Himayat Mission Management Unit (HMMU), Jammu & Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM) and Apollo Medskills Limited at Jammu, in which around 114 candidates were presented appointments with six different companies in various parts of the country.

While handing over offer letters to the selected candidates, Advisor said that by such a “unique” placement linked skill development and enhancing programme in place, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are being provided with a platform through which they are now forging ahead by getting employment.

About six companies, including Apex Kidney Care, BVG India, Samarth Kidney Centre, Apollo Health and Research Foundation, 7 Med India and Deep Chand Dialysis Centre participated in the Job fair. Nearly, 299 candidates trained under Himayat in Dialysis Technician and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Trade in Health sector appeared and 114 candidates have been selected by the companies with openings across different parts of the country.

While congratulating the selected candidates, the Advisor said that they should take this beginning seriously and encourage others to foray into the new era that is providing them “gainful employment.”

He said that the purpose of this programme is skill development and placement and that the demand for the skilled students will be tremendous particularly in the medical and other allied sectors in the coming times. He said that these programmes have been designed keeping in view the market trends and the students are being trained commensurate with their levels of education and their abilities and interests.

He also emphasized on the need for increasing Information, Education and Communication Campaign’s regarding the Himayat programme so that more students will be attracted towards this scheme.

Secretary Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Sheetal Nanda, while speaking on the occasion urged the selected youth to commit to placements so that other youth also come forward to secure job opportunities outside their homes for better future. She said that they should grab this opportunity and encourage others to be a part of the Himayat programme.

Chief Operating Officer, Himayat, Kapil Sharma, gave a description about the working of Himayat in J&K and mentioned various youths who have been trained under the programme and got placements in different sectors. Giving details, he said that a target of training 88,732 candidates over a period of three years has been set and 69 training centres have been established within and outside J&K   with a   capacity of training 12672 candidates. He further said that HMMU has conducted 14 job fairs providing a platform to the candidates in availing job opportunities across different sectors to supplement the efforts of the Project Implementing Agencies.

CEO Apollo Medskills Limited, Srinivasa Rao, while speaking on the occasion, said that he was “amazed by the enthusiasm shown by the students during the training program adding that more such job fairs will be organised in the coming months.” He also thanked Himayat for their extended support at various times.

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