GUWAHATI: It is a collective responsibility of Government and public to create enabling environment in the state by providing robust infrastructure such as regional and district level centres for competitive examination like railways, banking, staff selection commission, civil Services and it is encouraging to see that the initiative Mission-1000 of the North East Institute of Advanced Studies (Northeast-IAS) which aims to train up 3 lakhs youths from the 33 districts of Assam in 5 years period is getting warm reception at districts during its launching phase. There is urgency for the youths of Assam to set up their goals and get selected in central government services through appearing and successfully clearing competitive examinations. This type of positive determination and collective aim of Assamese youths will help to overcome the fear of identity and another social stigma such as lack of competitiveness, language barriers. We must ensure that minimum 40% of the Indian Railway services or banking services are people from Assam and Assamese’ Founder of North East Institute of Advanced Studies (Northeast-IAS), Keshav C Das made this clarion call to the people of Assam in Guwahati today while addressing a press conference.
While addressing the youths and media, Keshav C Das further stated that as per the information available from the Ministry of Railways, and Banking recruitment agencies, there are more than 270,000 vacancies available in next one year. Despite this availability of vacancies, youths of Assam are not opting for this central government employment. The biggest bottleneck, which could be identified for this crisis are- lack of competitiveness among the youths, frequently called bandh culture, non-availability of timely guidance, mentoring, lack of awareness among parents, teachers, media, and students.
Sankar Ray, Director of the institute further stated that Northeast-IAS is providing quality pre-examination training [with full scholarship] to the youth and took a pledge to train up youths and making them ‘competition ready’ both for competitive examinations and skilled based jobs with methodological training and mentoring. He highlighted the importance of these methodological training with data, obtained from the State Bank of India’s Probationary Officers examination database, and stated that approximately 23,000 of students appear in bank PO examination from Assam each year, followed by another 7-10% number of youths in other competitive examination such as Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Reserve Bank of India -Grade-2, NDA, CDS etc. This very small percentage of our ‘eligible’ youths and shall be increased up to 70% in coming years.
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