New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday signed an agreement with Bharti Wal-Mart under which
the wholesale chain will offer short-term vocational courses to the capital’s youth to improve their employability.
The Delhi government’s department of training and technical education inked a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Bharti Wal-Mart. The cabinet had June 21 approved a proposal in this regard.
‘There is a shortage of skilled manpower in the capital, but the state government is committed to overcome the shortage. The agreement was signed to help youth get employment in Delhi,’ Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who was present on the occasion, told reporters.
Dikshit launched the Bharti Wal-Mart training centre, which will run from the Veer Savarkar basic training centre on Pusa Road in west Delhi.
An official said all the enrolled candidates will be awarded 100 percent scholarships.
‘The training centre is expected to train about 25 candidates every month,’ he added.
Rajan Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises, said the retail sector is emerging as an engine of growth and initiatives like this will help create a skilled talent pool for the sector.
As per the agreement, the company will provide free training to the students, on all working days between 4 pm and 8 pm and from 9.30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
‘The company will also endeavour to ensure that certified candidates obtain employment on successful completion of the training,’ the official said.
Bharti Wal-Mart is a joint venture between Wal-Mart Inc of US and Bharti Enterprises.