Effort to edge Arunachali youths on job front as CM evinces keenness to join UK hands

Effort to edge Arunachali youths on job front as CM evinces keenness to join UK hands

ITANAGAR, Jun 9: In a bid to nurture the talents among the youths of Arunachal Pradesh in several fields including education, music, culture and sports, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has evinced intense interest in holding hands of the United Kingdom government.

The CM expressed this while hosting a British Council delegation led by its Director Alan Gemmell. He said that such cooperation will prepare Arunachali youths for 21st century skills and improve their employability level.

Exploring on possibilities for students from Arunachal to study in UK through British Council scholarships programmes, Khandu inquired on support structure and nature of courses offered.

Expressing that education at school level is a priority, he requested the UK government representatives to come up with training programmes for school students in subjects like English, Maths and Computer Science.

Gemmell informing that the Council’s priority area being English language teaching said that they have developed new methodology to teach English at primary and middle level school. Through this they hope to improve the soft skills of the student to give them edge in their employability level.

Gemmell and his team members from British Council – Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East India and Joydeep Bordoloi, Head English Partnerships, East India who called on the Chief Minister expressed that they are looking for ways to build collaborations with the Arunachal government on focus areas, as suggested by the Chief Minister.

Gemmell informed that British Council has its presence in several countries including India, and is keen to reach out to the North Eastern states, particularly Arunachal.

Apart from education, the members informed that the Council promotes cultural and creative entrepreneurs partnering with local artistes through which they could promote Arunachal in UK.

They further informed that they partner with Trinity College, Oxford and Cambridge Universities for the programmes they offer to impart to the youths.

The CM assured that the state government will work out ways to avail the programmes being launched by the British Council through the DoNER Ministry.

He appreciated Gemmell for his keen interest to expand his work in Arunachal and also welcomed the initiatives put forth by the British Council.

Minister for Art and Culture Dr Mohesh Chai and Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin also attended the meeting where they further discussed on state’s potential on tourism, horticulture and agriculture for the Council to intervene and help promote it. (CMO)

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