Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) participated in a one-day state-level workshop on “Vocational Skill Policy, Dropout Reduction, and Employability Among Adolescent Youth” – A Study in Odisha, organized by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), a part of Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore).
The workshop was held on 14th October 2022 at Government High School, Gumma Panchayat, Rayagada and graced by the presence of many dignitaries including Shri Purna Chandra Bariha, District Education Officer, Rayagada, Mr. Anand B., Vice President, NTTF; Dr. Jeebanlata Salam, NIAS, Mr Pramod Kumar Pradhan CSAT, Mr Nishikant Sharma, Mr M. Rajanikanth, Head Teacher, Govt High School and others. It witnessed massive participation from the students and parents from the surrounding districts.
Shri Purna Chandra Bariha, District Education Officer, Rayagada in his keynote address, highlighted about NEP2020 and the importance of vocational skill development programs applicable to the high school students and he also praised the initiatives of NTTF being conducted in the field of Vocational Skill and Training programs for the benefit of needy youth.
Dr. Jeebanlata Salam, NIAS in her speech highlighted her research findings about Vocational Education, Dropouts and Employability, etc and expressed her concern about the very high rate of dropouts in the tribal regions. She also praised the NTTF’s NEEM (National Employability Enhancement Mission) program rolled out under the Learn and Earn model as it benefits the economically disadvantaged youth and especially the triable segment.
Mr. Anand’s insightful presentation on NTTF’s Diploma programmes and Learn and Earn programme and its advantages, especially the industry-sponsored program aspects, the monthly stipend being earned by the students during the three-year diploma program, and also about the on-the-job training provided by NTTF faculty at the partner industry. Mr. Anand also expressed his concern over the high drop-out rate and the scope and role of vocational education in strengthening the student’s future, which was one of the major highlights of the workshop.