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ASSOCHAM to provide Education & Assured jobs to 500 Sc/St girls
Jul '08
As part of its commitment towards affirmative action plan of the government for skilled development and thereafter providing job opportunities for SC/ST and other backward communities, the ASSOCHAM on Friday committed to give 500 girl candidates free professional education and assured jobs in academic year 2008-09.

In addition, the Chamber has also committed to sponsor free coaching classes to 1100 young graduates for preparing various competitive examinations by tying up arrangements with different universities and also offered to adopt additional 40 ITIs in 2008-09 to manage and run them in a professional manner.

Participating at a meeting of Coordination Committee on Affirmative Action under Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister here on Friday, the ASSOCHAM Past President, Mr. Anil K Agarwal along with its Secretary General, Mr. D S Rawat gave a firm commitment to the government that in order to provide free professional education and thereafter assured jobs to SC/STs and backward communities, especially their girl candidates, it has already launched ASSOCHAM Foundation for Exclusive Growth of SCs and STs.

The capital put in the foundation is already being used to fund professional education, free boarding and lodging facilities for candidates of deprived section of society through Rai Foundation at various parts of the country.

Mr. Agarwal said that the Chamber has also launched a Skilled Upgradation Programme and Entrepreneurship Development in 2007-08 under which 679 candidates (365 SCs/STs candidates, 314 OBC candidates were trained in places like Kanpur, Cuttack and Lucknow. This programme would be carried forward in the State of Jharkhand and Uttarakhand also.

The initiatives for SC and STs and other backward communities are being taken by the ASSOCHAM with the help of its 50 regional chambers and their over 1000 constituents which fall under the category of large and medium scale companies, said Mr. Rawat.

Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India

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