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Inauguration of – Skill Development Program under project "Swabalamban" A CSR Initiative of OIL
Ranjan K Baruah | 08 Jun 2017

A function to inaugurate a skill development program sponsored by Oil India Limited (OIL) under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative took place today at Pragati School Of Management, Guwahati on 6th June. The program is being implemented by Pragati Edutech and is carried out under the banner of "Swabalamban". Pragati founded and managed by a set of local professional entrepreneurs, is engaged in providing job centric education in NE region.

Pragati had signed an MOU with OIL in the year 2016 to implement skill development programs which leads to sustainable employment for the educated unemployed youths of NE region.  Total 500 students with minimum HSLC qualification were selected in the year 2016-17, and all the students came from socio-economically disadvantaged background including MOBC, SC, ST and tea tribes. The program was a resounding success, with 465 students getting successfully placed, and most of them in many MNC hospitality brands all over India such as, Marriott, Taj, Oberoi, Crown Plaza, Ramada, ITC etc.

Looking at the success of this program, OIL has decided to sponsor 800 students during this FY (2017-18) in the hospitality domain under the same project " Swabalamban".  The inaugural programme for current year with the first batch of 100 students was held at its campus on June 6. Dignitaries of OIL, Mr. Dilip Kr. Bhuyan (DGM, Public Affairs) and Mr. Tridiv Hazarika, Chief Manager, (CSR & CC) along with Santanu Choudhury , MD of Pragati , Sanjit Raaj Choudhry, Director of Pragati apart from the officials of Pragati , welcomed the students and apprised them of the features of the program, along with future job and long term career prospects of the hospitality industry.

Pragati aims to provide placement to all the students in reputed "Star" category hotels and resorts across India by March 2018.In the same program the second edition of "Alokor Baat (Road to light…)" was also released. This book highlights the success stories of the students who were trained at Pragati under the same program and now working successfully in India and also abroad. This programme was attend by representatives of different hotel like Vivanta by Taj , Radisson Blue, Novotel , etc apart from many other dignitaries .