HRDC ray of hope for job seekers

It’s been three years now, the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) at Mangalore has been a ray of hope for youth in coastal areas of Karnataka.

The former District Employment Exchange, which had a revamp in 2009 October, is now doing a remarkable job by training and providing jobs for hundreds of unemployed youths. The working of the office, now has a professional touch in their activities, after it came out of the old frame of District Employment Exchange. Mangalore HRDC is one of the five centers in the State which serves as a channel and facilitator between the job seekers and employers. The other centres in the state are located at Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Kolar and Bijapur. The centre, which comes under the Union Human Resource department, is facilitating jobs for thousands of job hunters from public as well as private sectors.

The HRDC in Mangalore was set up as a pilot project by the Department of Employment and Training and the Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation in October 2009. Unlike the district employment exchange, HRDC provides assistance for job seekers to find a suitable job from private sector too. Selected candidates are also providing skill development training in various subjects by the HRDC free of cost. The Mangalore centre, which is functioning in MCC complex premises at Lalbagh, helps job seekers from neighboring districts like Udupi and Madikeri too.

The training covers subjects like mobile technician, tower technician etc. Soft skill training, personality development kills and computer training are also given to the registered candidates. Job seekers who obtain bachelor degree are eligible to register in the office at MCC. Post graduate degree holders come under the centre at Mangalore University.

The professional touch of the centre can be visible from the registration process itself.

The registered job seekers have to undergo psychometric counseling. Depending on the outcome of counseling, they are further selected either for direct placement or other training. “We are getting a very good response from the youth. The number of job seekers and employers registering has a tremendous increase over the years,” said HRDC Mangalore Manager Rithesh Amin. “The number of placements so far this year is 2,423. HRDC has trained more than 500 job hunters over the last three years,” he added. The centre, which is working in PPP (Public-Private Partnership), is funded both by centre and state.

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