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Delhi Police’s Project Yuva: Youth to be trained in hospitality at the first centre

Delhi Police in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a skill training centre under Project Yuva at Paharganj Police Station.

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2017 19:06 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Officials of Delhi Police and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) pose for a group photograph with the youngsters they have enrolled under Project Yuva.(Aditya Dogra/HT Photo)

Delhi Police have taken another step towards empowering the weaker sections of society by launching a skill training centre at Paharganj Police Station. The first of many such centres to come up, this one is in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It will train and educate the youth in various aspects of service in the hospitality sector.

“Under the Project Yuva, our goal is to mobilise and empower youngsters from the weaker sections of society, by giving them a chance of employment through skill training,” says Sanjay Beniwal, Special CP (Women and Modernisation). “We have partnered with a chain of hotels that will provide six to eight months of on-ground training to them. A total of 37 skills will be taught, hospitality being the first. We aim to soon have at least five such skill training centres in every district,” adds Beniwal.

The inaugural session of Delhi Police’s Project Yuva saw Sanjay Beniwal, Special CP (women and modernisation) encourage youngsters to get trained in skills. (Aditya Dogra/HT Photo)

About the initiative, Rahul Chaudhry, vice chairman, CII Delhi State, feels that it will help bridge the gap between the underprivileged and the employment sector. “Skilled man power is the need of the hour and the hospitality sector is a perfect platform for it. There is immense growth in the sector and if trained well, these people can do wonders,” says Chaudhry. “The underprivileged often resort to drugs, petty crimes and various wrong means when faced with no other option, and that is something we wish to curb. With Delhi Police by our side, we will impart proper education and training and will try to uplift these youngsters to form a better and more skilled society,” he adds.

What do these youngsters have to say about the project? Himanshu (name changed), a youngster who is a part of the programme says it’s a blessing. “I don’t come from a background that can provide me with the means to get higher education, but this programme is giving us training for which any other places would have charged lakhs of rupees. I want to put in my best and I am really happy to get this opportunity,” he says.

Meeta (name changed) feels that it’s a great initiative that will help in future. “I had never thought I will get a proper employment without spending loads of money; something that my family cannot afford. Project Yuva has given me an opportunity to do something better with my life, and I wish to make the most of it,” she says.

Beniwal plans to personally oversee the programme and promises that there are many more programmes that have been planned for the youngsters. “Hospitality is just one part of a bigger plan we have in mind. Next, we plan to open a centre for beauty and wellness, and will then move on to other skills like refrigeration, plumbing and much more. The aim is to include as many youngsters as we can, and to move forward to provide an opportunity to everyone. This will not only curb crime, drug [addiction] and other issues that plague the society, but also ensure that India produces skilled manpower to take the country to greater heights,” says Beniwal.

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First Published: Aug 01, 2017 19:05 IST