Namchi, 20 Nov (IPR): Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Khichudumra in South Sikkim observed its Convocation and Annual Day function 2018 at their college premises today. Speaker, SLA, Mr. K.N. Rai, attended the event as chief guest accompanied by guests of honour Commanding Officer, 4 BN NCC, NCC Training Institute, Kamrang, Colonel Gulshan Chadha, and Principal, Kamrang Government College, Mr. Parshuram Sharma.
The programme also had the attendance of Principal ITI, Gyalshing, Mr. T.N. Sharma, Block Development Officer, Sikip, Mr. Ranjan Rai, IO, Fire Department, Mr. K.B. Gurung, alongside Panchayat members, NGO representatives, school heads, senior citizens, staff and students of ITI, Namchi.
Principal, ITI, Mr. M.N. Bhutia, welcomed the gathering at the onset of program and presented the annual report of Government Industrial Training Institute. The Principal in his presentation stated that ITIs are post-secondary schools in the country constituted under Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to provide training in various trades. He also stated that a total number of 126 trainees are currently undergoing technical training in the institute.
Addressing the gathering chief guest Mr. K.N. Rai congratulated the second batch of pass-out trainees of the Institute for successfully completing their course from Government ITI. He emphasised on the importance of skill development and capacity building in the context of today and credited the State Government and the leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for making Sikkim the first State to initiate and enable capacity building programmes for the benefit and greater good of Sikkimese youth. He also threw light on the global status of youth opting for service sector and urged the students and youth alike of Sikkim to develop keen interest in allied activities and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The chief guest also expressed that the immense resources of youth if tapped can work as a major driving force of socio-economic change in our society. He added that it is therefore needed to create increasing opportunities for them to develop their personalities and their functional capacities and thus make them economically productive and socially responsible individual of the State.
Additionally, the Speaker opined that skill development has been identified as a major strategy to make human resources more efficient and more productive and hence the youth should equally tap such opportunities provided by the Department of Skill and Entrepreneurship Development , Government of Sikkim.
Additional Director, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department, Dr. I.B.S. Yadav, spoke and lauded the numerous capacity building programmes of the State Government which aids the youth to be skilled and efficient and facilitates placements for these youths within and outside the State. He also made the students of the institute aware that the Department is committed towards supporting well trained youth of the State to empower them holistically.
The programme was also addressed by guest of honour, Colonel Gulshan Chadha, wherein he spoke about the opportunities and scope for ITI Diploma Holder in Defence Force. He urged the students of the institute to forge their career path in the armed forces apart from conventional employment opportunities. He also assured to organise a recruitment drive for NCC in the campus for the benefit and larger good of the ITI students.
Earlier, chief guest Mr. K.N. Rai inaugurated the newly constructed badminton court at the ITI premises. The chief guest and dignitaries present also visited the exhibition stall put up by the students of Government ITI. Convocation certificates and prizes were also conferred by the chief guest and dignitaries to the 71 trainee pass-outs on the said occasion.