Comtech Launches Scheme To Bring Back School Drop Outs

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‘’Our aim is that this scheme should prove beneficial in bringing back the people who have left education. It is just a begning and we are hopeful, the benefits of this scheme reaches to every part of the state unhindered,’’ said Shiekh Nazir who is heading this scheme. “For us it is not just a scheme but a mission through which we want to help people.”


The Legitimate Desk

 To bring down the illiteracy in Kashmir, the Comptech Institute of technology that is being run by an energetic person who has been involved in promotion of computer education in Kashmir from past over a decade has taken up another initiative that was launched last week at Baramulla – home town of CEO, Comptech, Shiekh Imtiyaz.

It was a mesmerizing function held at Dak Banglow Baramulla in which besides top members of civil society large number of students participated and on the occasion  free educational kits were distributed among the below poverty line and school dropouts enrolled with the institute. 

In his keynote address, Sheikh Imtiyaz, CEO Comtech Group said, “Comtech has recently launched an integrated formal education and skill development training programme for minority and weaker sections of the community with no profit, no gain. We started it as a token of social service to our society to which we belong. Being CEO of Comtech, I proudly announce to dedicate this project to our society so as to obtain honorable livelihood.”

COMTECH is a flag bearer and  pioneer IT Company of J&K, headed by Sheikh Imtiyaz as its CEO and Rukhsana Mohiudin as its Managing Director. In Baramulla district Comtech has 970 students who are either financially weak or school dropouts.  Over 15 years now, this istutution has been helping the downtrodden students especially those living in rural Kashmir. The endeavours of Shiekh Imtiyaz has received lot of appreciation across the state.

COMTECH provides e – Governance, primarily looks after digitization projects, skilled manpower & e – Governance Solutions. The Company at present employs more than 2000 IT professionals in different IT Projects having its offices in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan& Bihar.

As per the 2001 census data, a little more than 20% of India‟s population of 1,028 million is comprised of Minorities. Among them, Muslims comprise the largest minority of 13.4% followed by Christians as 2.3%, Sikhs 1.9%, Buddhists 0.8%, Jains 0.4% and very small number of Parsis. The school dropout rate of Minorities is very high, standing at 14% at  primary levels (against national 2%) and 18% at secondary level (against national 3%). The workforce participation rate of Minorities is also lower than national average (44% against national average of 54%) indicating the lack of employability skills amongst the community.  

As per 2013 survey conducted by EdCIL (India) Limited, Ministry of Human Resource Development, school drop-out rates among Muslims is one of the highest in the country and this drop out is mostly at the primary level. The Sachchar Committee Report on Status of Minorities in India (2005) also points out to low education outcome among Muslims due to reasons such as poverty, low perceived return from education, poor access to schools, etc. 

Under this program – Nai Manzil aims to engage constructively with poor Minority youth and help them obtain 

sustainable and gainful employment opportunities that can facilitate them to be integrated with mainstream economic activities. Specific objectives of the project for the next five years are as follows:

  1. Mobilise youth from minority communities who are school drop-outs and provide them with formal education and certification up to level 8th or 10th through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or other State open schooling systems.  provide placements to at least 70% of the trained youth in jobs which would earn them basic minimum wages and provide them with other social protection entitlements like Provident Funds, Employee State Insurance (ESI) etc, besides  raise awareness and sensitization in health and life skills.

‘’Our aim is that this scheme should prove beneficial in bringing back the people who have left education. It is just a begning and we are hopeful, the benefits of this scheme reaches to every part of the state unhindered,’’ said Shiekh Nazir who is heading this scheme. “For us it is not just a scheme but a mission through which we want to help people.”

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