Board of Practical Training (BOPT Eastern Region), an autonomous body of Department of Higher Education (MHRD) and Jharkhand Rai University, Ranchi jointly organised two days Job Mela & Apprenticeship Training on 27 – 28 February.

The objective of this Job Mela is to facilitate freshly passed out graduates and diploma holders in engineering technology for acquiring practical training in Industries / Organizations and thus to make them more employable.

The inaugural day witnessed the presence of eminent dignitaries, academicians, students from various fields, JRU faculties and staff.

During her welcome address, Dr Savita Sengar, Vice Chancellor, JRU said, ” This is the fourth Job Mela to be organised by JRU in association with BOPT. Our effort is to enable and empower students to become employable. Representatives from more than 50 companies are participating in this Job Mela.”

“More than 2500 students are participating in this event today. Not everyone will get selected. But that should not demotivate anyone. However, it will give all of you a great experience of knowing the industry expectations from you.”

Chief Guest Ms. Kamakshi Raman, Executive Director, HRD (SAIL) during her address said that BOPT has been organising similar Job Melas for the last 4 years in Ranchi.

She highlighted that during the last couple of years, the job scenario has changed. Companies now need skilled employees who can fill in the roles they are hired for from day one. Just acquiring a degree or diploma is not enough to get a job anymore, she said. Along with knowledge, social skill is equally important.

“Train and upskill yourself to be employable. There are online courses available like MOOCs. Take the benefit of these to upgrade and differentiate yourself in the job market,” Ms Kamakshi urged the students.

Guest of Honour, Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh GM (HRD), CCL during his address thanked the participating companies. To students he said that the criteria for selecting students has changed. But so has the skills of students available.

” CMPDI looks forward to engaging fresh graduates. However, the skill gap remains. Hence, we are unable to fulfill the roles identified for these graduates. We need students with technical knowledge and other skills related to the job,” said Guest of Honour, Mr. Alok Kumar GM (HRD), CMPDI. He urged companies to encourage Apprentice Training.

Guest of Honour, Mr. Avijit Ghosh, Ex-CMD, HEC guided the students on Apprenticeship Training. He said, “The first year of this training is the most crucial. In fact, the first five years of your career is the most important phase of your life as it will train you for higher roles, while giving you opportunity to learn skills on the job. These initial years will lay the foundation for your future progress.”

Mr Ghosh while talking on the job scenario said, “The notion of artificial intelligence and similar other technical development reducing the number of jobs is wrong. In fact, technological progress has only opened more opportunities for all. Students need to upskill and make themselves job ready to be hired.”

Registrar Dr Piyush Ranjan thanked the dignitaries and companies for participating and making the Job Mela a success. He encouraged students to take maximum benefits during these two days by making it a learning experience for themselves.