BANGALORE: Under a government initiative to promote IT in semi-urban and
rural areas, Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna has inaugurated yuva.com. The
initiative involves setting up IT training centers in each of the 225 assembly
constituencies over the next 12 months in Karnataka. These centers will train
about one lakh educated unemployed youth in IT related services. For this
purpose, the state has tied up with reputed IT training houses like NIIT, Aptech
and SSI for setting up and running these centers.
Speaking about this initiative, Krishna said, "This policy seeks to
establish 225 training centers all over the state, primarily for the purpose of
training unemployed, educated youth in various IT skills. The government will
encourage private sector initiatives in setting up such centers. These centers
would receive appropriate concessions from the government. The trainees under
yuva.com are charged a special fee, which is less than the normal fee charged by
Aptech, NIIT and SSI as it is subsidized by the government. The first yuva.com
center will be launched on July 29, 2000, in Mandya. A few more centers at Bidar,
Belgaum, Chitradurga, Hubli, Dharwad and Bhatkal will also be launched in the
next 10 days."
Commenting on the initiative, NIIT chief Rajendra Pawar said, "This is
the first initiative in India to educate people on IT. Through this, the
government has taken IT to the masses. We are offering all the regular courses
that we normally extend in any other city. We are also giving a concession on
fees. We will offer courses like desktop publishing and accounting so that
students can start their own ventures on completion of the course. For regular
employment with companies, the candidates may need to do additional course work.
Placement assistance is available at each center."
According to the government, the preferred candidates for yuva.com include
women, candidates from rural areas and those with an annual income of below Rs
24,000. Keonics will provide the necessary infrastructure for the training
centers in each location. The Karnataka government will be investing Rs 45 crore
in this project over the next years.