Srinagar: Amid returning peace, the Indian Army’s ‘HUNAR SE ROZGAR’ programme (skill to employment) is gaining strength. A joint initiative by the Army & Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Srinagar under Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, has provided a unique opportunity for self empowerment of unemployed youth of the far flung areas of Uri and Boniyar. IHM, Srinagar is conducting a number of courses in close cooperation with Pir Panjal Brigade at Bandi for the youth of this area. These courses include Food Production Course (Chef), Food and Beverage Service Course (waiter), Tourist Facilitators Course, Driving Skill Course etc. All courses are aimed to address the immense opportunity in tourism sector in J&K.
Previously, 52 students out of 58 of first batch were provided placements. Now there is an enormous response for the second batch of Chef and Waiters Course. The convocation ceremony for the second batch of 60 students of the ‘HUNAR SE ROZGAR’ program was held by the Pir Panjal Brigade at Bandi on 27 Nov 2012. The chief guest, Major General Bipin Rawat, YSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding Dagger Division distributed the certificates and offer letters to the students and congratulated them on their success. All the 60 students have been offered employment at five star properties like Vivanta-The Taj, Lalit-The Grand, Hotel Broadway, Khyber Hotels & SAK. The third batch which is to commence from 01 Dec onward, has already received more than 150 applications. The function was attended by a large section of population and was also graced by various functionaries of the local administration like RP Singh, SDPO Uri and Mir Mushtaq from Boniyar.
On this occasion, the GOC also felicitated the Hajis of Uri and Boniyar who have recently returned from the auspicious and sacred journey to Holy Mecca. While speaking on the occasion, Maj Gen Bipin Rawat lauded the local people for their continued support to the cause acting as the harbingers of peace and prosperity in the valley. He stressed upon the symbiotic relationship between the ‘AWAM & JAWAN’ and assured that many more such steps will be taken for the empowerment of the locals of the remote villages so that the financial benefit reaches the poor.