SHILLONG: Realising the gap in public speaking skills and the need to develop fluency in communication skills for the students, the Jaintia Eastern College convened a one-day programme on “Communication Skills” funded by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) recently.
Centred on the precept of communication and life skills development, the main aim of the workshop was to improve language skills competency touching upon practical lessons on life skills for overall personal development. The programme brought together 150 students of the undergraduate Arts and Commerce streams of the college.
While encouraging the students to build confidence and overcome personal barriers, the workshop incorporated various modules that helped students to conquer stage fright and public speaking.
Addressing the programme, the principal of the college Dr P Nongtdu recommended initiating similar programmes in the remote places of the State to help the rural youth to be at par with youngsters of the urban areas.
Dr Nongtdu encouraged the participants to incorporate the lessons learnt in their everyday lives while also remembering to be responsible citizens everywhere they go.
The principal further thanked the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for its continuous support through interventions that uplift young people in rural and suburban communities of the State.
While sharing her testimony, Deovelentina Siangshai of the Bachelor of Arts (English Honors) stated that the programme not only taught communication skills, body language and confidence but also taught them the values of trust, respect and courage.
Siangshai further said that the confidence boost she gained from the programme has encouraged her to trust her own abilities and to believe that she is capable of anything.
Bishnu Dada Devi, a Bachelor of Commerce student of the college, said that being from the commerce background, he previously had many difficulties while giving any presentation as he was unaware of the necessary skills but through the programme, he feels he can present himself confidently.
He also stated that the lessons incorporated in the programme are very helpful and can be used in his day-to-day life.
The only college in East Jaintia Hills district established in 1992, Jaintia Eastern College of Khliehriat has been a forerunner in community-uplift initiatives for young people of the district by providing opportunities to students of lower income backgrounds and students from border areas.
While accepting students with low academic performances, the community college is making optimum efforts to improve academic performance by introducing various interventions that shape the personality of the students.