Mangalore, August 9th: The Directorate of Minorities, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with ACCPL (Aditya Call Center Private Limited) had organised an exclusive computer training programme for Christian students at Sahodaya on Saturday 9th of August.
Akram Pasha, director of the Directorate of Minorities Government of Karnataka, addressing the audience said, “The Department of Minority Welfare has launched various beneficiary schemes towards the development of six communities. The government had set aside Rs 23 crore in the budget during 1999-2000 but today, the government has to set aside Rs 800 crore.
People fail to utilize the several schemes which have been launched for the development of minorities. This is due to lack of awareness and administrative problem. The department has also given a proposal to the government to increase the strength of staff which will soon be materialized. There are 28 schemes in the department for the development of minorities, he said.
He said that the department has set up information enters in 30 districts in order to educate people about various schemes. A similar centre in Mangalore is situated at Kankanady. Information pertaining to various schemes will be provided by the staff. A photocopy machine and computers to download the application will also be provided, he added.
“Scholarship schemes for minority students will be provided by the department so that they can educate themselves without any financial constraints,” Pasha said.
Akram Pasha further explained elaborating about the minority scholarships and said, “The four types of scholarship schemes are pre-metric, post-metric, merit-cum-means scholarship for professional and technical courses, and national overseas scholarship. The scholarship amount would be credited to the student’s account directly through online transfer. Incentives are also provided by the government for minority students and have launched several schemes for the development of minorities in order to utilize the given opportunity.
Milagres parish priest Fr Valerian D’Souza inaugurated the programme and said, the entire world is living with technology. Earlier man was in search of technology but today technology has reached his doorstep. Technology has reformed the world. Even the children are well versed with computer technology.”Technology has improved the quality of life, it saves us time. Now technology has reached your doorstep. You should utilize this opportunity,” he added.
“The Constitution has provided protection and rights to minorities in order to bring them to the mainstream. It is our responsibility to utilize government provided schemes. If any individual avails the facility, which should be communicated to other people so that everyone will be aware of the scheme” stated MLA J R Lobo who took part in this occasion.
Managing director of ACCPL training division Mr S P Thirunavukkarasu, briefed about the training offered in the programme. Mr Sabeer Ahmad Mulla, district minority welfare officer was seen on the occasion.
By Thangamma M M