Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, West Bengal in collaboration with ICAR-CIFRI conducts skill development program on “Training for Youth Leadership Development”

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Kolkata in collaboration with ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) conducted a three days long skill development program on “Training for Youth Leadership Development” (TYLD) for youths from various places of West Bengal. A total of 320 youths from the age group of 18 to 29 years participated in the programme of which 40 per cent were girl students. They have been trained at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore under the programme from 25 th to 27 th February 2019. Youths from eight places of West Bengal, viz. Nadia, Hooghly, North and South Kolkata, North and South 24 Paraganas, Diamond harbour, Baruipur, Purba Medinipur had participated in the programme. They have been trained in various aspects of skill development for livelihood management namely, life skills, leadership development, communication, entrepreneurship, team building and group dynamics etc. Besides theory classes, practical games were arranged for them for social aptitude development. Industry interface also took place in which trainees actively participated in discussion with the experts from organisations like ICICI bank, Kanter, Trinity etc. Experts from CIFRI also engaged in training the youths. While addressing the youth Dr. B. K. Das, Director, CIFRI categorically urged the youths to engage themselves in fishery related income augmenting and profit-making activities. In the present scenario of job scarcity in the country, being a job creator is wiser decision than being a job-seeker. Therefore, the trainees were encouraged to develop entrepreneurial attitudes gaining knowledge and skill form such training programmes. Developing business skills in rural sector is of utmost importance today. Untapped opportunities existing in agriculture and allied sectors like farming, livestock rearing, poultry, fishery etc. can be well utilised to fetch sufficient income for them. Group based approaches can be explored like Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs), custom hiring centres, cooperatives with the support of various schemes of NABARD. Number of underutilised ponds can be utilised to develop business models in fishery sector. Especially, a lot of opportunities exist in ornamental fish cultivation and business which was highlighted by the Director, CIFRI. He also invited them to participate in the training programmes conducted at CIFRI under different schemes. Dr. A. K. Das, In Charge, Extension and Training Cell and Principal Scientist, CIFRI also took part in discussion. He advised the youths to open aqua-shops in groups which can act as one stop solution for fishery inputs, knowledge support and technology backstopping through setting up linkages with KVKs and line departments. Such innovative ventures can be highly profitable for youths. Various expert trainers like District youth counsellor group, experts from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Joka, social organizations and NGOs joined the training programme as resource persons. CIFRI extended all sort of logistic support for this three-days training. The training program is expected to be highly beneficial for career and life building of the participant youths.


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