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Army hails role of contributors to Project Samarth

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Considering the success of Project Samarth aimed at enhancing the capacity and competence of a large number of soldiers, the Army has acknowledged the role played by educational institutions.

A large number of jawans, approximately 50,000 per year, retire at an early age and the project has a number of ongoing subsidiary projects with “Gyandeep”, an in-service training scheme run with certification by Indira Gandhi National Open University, and “Kshamta”, imparting specialised skills with the assistance of Microsoft to soldiers.

“Kshamta” is the outcome of an understanding with Microsoft and aimed at imparting skills like Information Technology and English-speaking to the soldiers. The empowerment process has been carried forward to provide vocational training to soldiers, thereby arming them with skills which are in demand by the industry and services sector.

A function was organised at the Rajasthan Rifles Regimental Centre here this past week to acknowledge the contribution made by various institutions. It was presided over by the Army Chief, General V. K. Singh. IGNOU Vice- Chancellor Rajashekaran Pillai and Microsoft (India) chairman and corporate vice-president Ravi Venkatesan were present on the occasion. A satellite link from IGNOU to Leh extending distance education facility to troops deployed in the remote parts was also inaugurated.

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