Artius Kujur comes from a rural family in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. His father is a farmer and no one in his family has ever been in a job. Since childhood Artius wanted to do something different. He had always wanted to go for some job because he thought it would give him a better life. The Livelihood College at Jashpur gave him an opportunity for that.
When Artius learnt about the Livelihood College he saw it as an opportunity to fulfill his dreams. The Livelihood College is an initiative to turn Chhattisgarh into a hub of skilled manpower. Every district of the state has one Livelihood College. These colleges impart skill education to young men and women form various parts of the state. This initiative is in tune with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of turning India into a global supplier of skilled manpower.
The Livelihood College, with its various courses is fulfilling that dream. The courses offered at the Livelihood College are so designed as to make the students eligible to get jobs in particular industries. Most of these courses are in collaboration with various organisations doing business in particular industries. The college is fully residential and it also offers free study materials to the students. The students are also offered placement assistance at the time of completion of their courses.
Artius went to the Livelihood College at Jashpur and he looked into various courses that were offered there. He liked the course on false ceilings which was a unique course. It was the only such course in entire Chhattisgarh and he saw major potential there. Therefore he took up the course and started learning the skills of the trade. “I have learnt a lot here. This course has given me so much skills that I can manage any kind of work in this field.” He says.
Artius has recently been selected for a job at Mumbai. He will be working or a construction giant in Mumbai. He attributes his success to the course at the Livelihood College. He feels it would have been impossible for him to get the job without the training. “I would have never been able to get this job if I had not taken training here. This course has fulfilled my dreams.” He says.
Artius is one of the students who have got placement and he feels that others can also get ample opportunities. He and the other boys who have been selected for jobs are an inspiration for the juniors.
The construction sector is booming in India and it involves large number of skilled manpower even in this age of automations. The Livelihood College, Jashpur is trying to capture this segment and make sure that the youths of Chhattisgarh can be benefited from this in a big way. Many youths are taking interest in the course on false ceilings and they see it as an opportunity to break barriers and make it big outside their small worlds. For them, it is a means to fulfill their dreams.