KATHMANDU, (C.M. Paul) – The Salesian provincial of Calcutta Fr. Thomas Ellicherail inaugurated Don Bosco Vocational Training Institute at Thecho, a developing suburb of southern Kathmandu in Nepal on 3rd March 2012.
The chief guest for the function was the Director of Technical and Vocational Education (CTEVT) Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane. Various government and Catholic Church dignitaries including Bishop Antony Sharma SJ of Kathmandu were present for the occasion.
Speaking at the inaugural function Dr. Lamichhane, highlighted the importance of skill training for the youth of Nepal in the present world that is fast progressing.
He also appreciated and thanked the Don Bosco organisation for the effort made towards the empowerment of the marginalized youth and promised CTEVT’s support to reach out to the youth in skill training.
“This has been a long awaited project for poor and marginalized youth,” said Rector of Salesian Community in Kathmandu Fr Benjamin Pampackal.
The complex currently provides skill training to boys and girls in seven domains and more market relevant domains will be added soon,” said director of Don Bosco Tech Fr Jijo John.
The seven vocational training areas comprise of modern office management, fashion designing and dressmaking, electronics, electrical maintenance, welding and fabrication and computer training.
The complex situated in two hectare plot of land has also a hostel for students and staff quarters.
The main building has nine laboratories, six classrooms, an assembly hall, offices, a conference hall and a library.
Some 300 youths aged 15 to 25 years are estimated to benefit from the vocational complex this year.
The hostel facility for young people from remote villages can house 100 boys and girls.
“Even before the construction of the new technical complex started we have been running an informal computer training program under tin sheds for youths and some training in welding and carpentry. Now with the new building we will start a formal vocational technical training program with government recognition,” said Superintendent Br. Polycarp Ekka.
“Apart from that we have also been operating a tuition center for over 200 children from the neighborhood to ensure that they do well in their schools,” Br Polycarp added.
Some 150 youth from various colleges and schools were given a basic training in computer, fashion design, electrical and electronics and Hardware maintenance in November- December 2011.