Indian youths ‘not aware of courses’


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 07 Sep 2003

By WANI MUTHIAH

PETALING JAYA: Many Indian youths are either unaware of the various skills training courses offered by the Government or do not know where and how to register for them, said National Unity and Social Development Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk S. Veerasingam. 

That was why they could not equip themselves with the right skills to be gainfully employed despite the many training opportunities available through government-funded programmes, he said. 

“There are many skills training programmes these youths can pursue, such as those offered by the National Vocational Skills Certification programme but many have not even heard about them,” he added. 

In view of this, the ministry and MIC’s social services arm Yayasan Strategik Sosial (YSS) are assisting the Malaysian Indian Graduates Association (Miga) in organising its third educational expo on “Alternative Education Opportunities.” 

It will be held today at Universiti Malaya’s Social Sciences Faculty.  

It is aimed at familiarising participants with the various courses and skills training programmes related to the agriculture, healthcare, ICT and construction sectors. 

Veerasingam said Indian graduates such as Miga members were doing a great service for the less fortunate.  

“I hope more Indian graduates will come forward to help through programmes like this. They can be certain of receiving the necessary aid from us,” he added. 

YSS executive director Dr Denison Jayasooria commended Miga's initiative, saying it was crucial as some Indian youths were embroiled in social problems because they could not find a job.  

For details, please contact Alagesan at 012-290 7071, Thiagaraja at 012-366 4076 or Jai at 012-666 7289. 


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