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By S. Ganesan
The transformation has been well received going by the response from the unemployed youth from Tiruchi and neighbouring districts.
For instance, over 250 youth turned up at the office this morning to attend a one-day coaching class for candidates appearing for the Grade II Constable selection written tests scheduled for June 10.
With nearly 80 marks to be scored from the objective type examinations, the cramped office was overflowing as candidates were keen on making the most of the coaching class, which covered topics on general knowledge and aptitude test.
Though SSLC is the minimum qualification, several undergraduate and few postgraduates were also among those who attended the camp. Interestingly, coaching classes were conducted by a couple of senior members, who themselves are job aspirants, of the Study Circle run by the office. The camp included a couple of pep-talk sessions to motivate candidates.
The Employment Office had organised several coaching classes for various competitive examinations, including Group I and civil service exams, but the response for today's camp was by far the largest. The Assistant Director of the Employment Office, P. Suresh Kumar, said the response to coaching camps and career guidance programmes have been very encouraging. The objective is to address the felt needs of the unemployed youth through flexible programmes.
The study circle run for the benefit of those taking up competitive exams has been widely used by students who cannot afford to join coaching programmes run by private institutes.
Nearly 50 members of the circle appeared for the IAS preliminary examination this year and about 15 of them have started preparing for the main examinations. The study circle provides material and also has Rs.2 lakhs worth of books and journals.
Besides, an Entrepreneurship Club has also been formed to motivate the unemployed to take up self-employment. Club members meet every month when the Prime Minister Rozgar Yojana entrepreneurs are invited to share their success stories with prospective entrepreneurs.
A forum to empower the disabled has also been functioning at the office, offering guidance and motivation for the unemployed physically handicapped persons. A placement cell too functions acting as a bridge between job-seekers and private employers, who are supplied with profiles of registered candidates.
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