Ongole, India (PressExposure) January 22, 2009 -- NTR Memorial Trust will offer computer training programmes free of cost to 360 youth over a period of one year under its Yuva Nirman Programme in Prakasam district. As a first step in this direction, NTR Memorial Trust will open a regional office in Ongole.
The announcement comes close on the heels of the success of Yuva Nirman pilot programme benefiting 4,160 youth across Andhra Pradesh. The pilot programme covered 250 villages across the state. "Most of the youngsters, who have undergone vocational training with us since January 2008, have secured placements," says Mr P Raghu Rama Rao, Chief Executive Officer, NTR Memorial Trust. "Several of these youth have turned entrepreneurs."
Besides this, a computer training programme is already in progress in Kandukur of Prakasam district where 30 youngsters are being trained. The Trust organised a blood grouping camp where 450 members were screened. The names of these 450 would be registered as volunteers in NTR Blood Bank's database. The services of these donors will be requested whenever there is an emergency in any part of Andhra Pradesh
The Yuva Nirman programme has been inspired by the ideals of the late N T Rama Rao who firmly believed that imparting skills was the only way of empowering people. The Trust is drawing up plans to extend the scheme to other districts in the state.
"We are thrilled with the response from companies which have hired the youth trained by us," says Mr Raghu Rama Rao. "We are encouraged to customise the programme for companies seeking to employ such youth. In this regard, we could work with companies in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Prakasam. We are also looking at empanelling experts with a view to enriching the programmes."
NTR Memorial Trust, which is known for its pioneering social work in areas like entrepreneurship, blood bank, primary healthcare as also women and child welfare, operates a Mobile Clinic in Kondepi, a backward region of Prakasam. "The Mobile Clinic is providing succour to the deprived villagers of five mandals in Kondepi in healthcare. The sight of the Mobile Clinic itself gives relief to the villagers. An experienced doctor examines each and every villager and gives medicine free of cost to them," says Mr Damacharla Janardhan, an industrialist.
The Trust trains youth, aged between 20 and 30, in computers, spoken English, tailoring, embroidery, fabric painting, etc. Among the other areas of vocational training are making of detergent powder, candles and incense sticks. Course duration ranges from one week to four months.
The Trust also trains and finds placements for youth in other skills like private security services, A/C mechanism, etc.