All the way from Bhutan to learn weld­ing

20-mem­ber team is be­ing trained at Sri Ra­makr­ishna Ad­vanced Train­ing In­sti­tute, Coim­bat­ore

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - ( Source : The Hindu )

For 18- year- old Deki­wangmo from Bhutan, weld­ing was noth­ing more than a word till she came to Coim­bat­ore in April this year.

Hav­ing com­pleted her Class X last year, she is now be­com­ing a skilled welder and gear­ing up for a weld­ing job either here or back home in her coun­try. Deki­wangmo is part of the 20- mem­ber team, in­clud­ing four women stu­dents, that has come from Bhutan to learn weld­ing at Sri Ra­makr­ishna Ad­vanced Train­ing In­sti­tute. The stu­dents spend nearly eight hours a day at the In­sti­tute, at­tend­ing classes and get­ting hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence in weld­ing. The six- month course ends in Septem­ber.

Another stu­dent, 21- year- old Ugyen­samten, has stud­ied up to Class XII. He says, “I came here for train­ing as I wanted to learn a skill at a young age. Though there are not many op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bhutan for welders, there is scope for high de­mand in the fu­ture,” he says. Both Deki­wangmo and Ugyen­samten want to have a cou­ple of years ex­pe­ri­ence in weld­ing be­fore de­cid­ing their fu­ture course. Many of these stu­dents are will­ing to take up jobs in Coim­bat­ore and stay here.

This is the sec­ond batch of over­seas stu­dents go­ing through skill train­ing at the In­sti­tute. “We had a batch of 65 stu­dents from Nige­ria who took a six- month course in weld­ing in 2012.

They were sent by the Nige­rian Gov­ern­ment. The Bhutan stu­dents are send by Druk In­sti­tute and the Bhutan Gov­ern­ment and the course fee is paid by them,” says K. R. Prasad, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute.

Work­ers set­tled abroad but want ad­vanced knowl­edge in weld­ing also come here for a 40- day pro­gramme, he says.

The 5,300 sq. ft. In­sti­tute of­fers skill train­ing in plumb­ing and weld­ing for pri­vate can­di­dates and those sup­ported by the Tamil Nadu Skill De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. It has so far trained 2,500 can­di­dates. Com­pa­nies tak­ing up Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­jects and pri­vate firms also send can­di­dates for skill train­ing, says Mr. Prasad.

In the case of plumb­ing, the In­sti­tute is hope­ful of get­ting af­fil­i­a­tion to In­dian Plumb­ing Skill Coun­cil soon. The train­ing pack­ages are mod­i­fied ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ment of the agency or or­gan­i­sa­tion that sends the stu­dents. For in­stance, the Bhutan stu­dents learn soft skills too.

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