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C-DYTE Jammu gives wings to aspirants willing to join defence forces

JAMMU, January 19: Centre for District Youth Training and Empowerment Jammu(C-DYTEJ) - an initiative of the District Development Commissioner office, in Collaboration with Mission Youth J&K Government, is playing a commendable role to enable young aspirants to join defence forces.

The project was started with an aim to equip the district youth, who have a burning desire to get entry into the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Paramilitary and Indian defence forces, with the necessary physical and mental skills required for the armed forces recruitment. It also aims at channelizing their energies in the positive direction by encouraging activities like sports & recreation, drug de-addiction drives, providing the facility of libraries/2417 reading rooms, career counselling, besides Yoga and Meditation Classes etc.

According to the Chairman C-DYTEJ, Anshul Garg, a number of eligible Borders, Rural and Semi-Urban and urban young boys are aspiring to be future army/paramilitary soldiers and can be found running in the evening and morning along roadsides due to lack of training (Grounds, equipment, trainers etc) facilities at their doorsteps. Those who are above the age bracket of joining defence forces remain unskilled/unemployed not due to lack of talent but lack of resources like reading rooms, competitive books/online study material, coaching institutes, career counselling, vocational skill training etc. “So, this idea of the scheme was developed and executed” he added.

He also informed that so far Ten (10) centres (09 in border blocks and 01 in rural-urban for (girls only) centre falling in the revenue sub-divisions of Jammu South, Jammu North, R.S.Pura, Marh, Akhnoor, Khour and Chowki Choura are working to enhance the academic ability of the jobless youth. These are being run in abandoned government buildings, while physical endurance training is being conducted in the grounds in respective blocks. These playgrounds are equipped with physical structures (Obstacles).

Sharing his views about the C-DYTE, Rohit Kumar (a trainee) said that it was his dream to join the Indian defence forces but due to the unavailability of proper guidance and facilities, he was unable to make his dream a reality.

Thanking the government for the initiative to provide the facilities for training, he said that C-DYTE has given wings to his dreams.

Similar are the thoughts of Pooja Sharma, who is getting training under C-DYTE. Pooja said that it is not only an opportunity of getting a job in defence forces but also a great medium of channelizing the energies of youngsters. She added that Social values, National Anthem, Patriotic songs are part of the training for a bigger mission of inculcating humanitarian values and giving the right direction to youth energies.

The 90-day skill development course is designed to hone their physical, academic, social and competitive skills thereby completing GD Army syllabus/JKSSB and other competitive exams with Yoga & Meditation Classes/modules and Drug De-Addiction counselling.

In all, a total of three batches are trained in a year (i.e. lst-Jan to March; 2nd- Mid April to Mid July; 3rd- Mid Sep. to Mid December).

A total of 70 trainees are enrolled in each centre after medical examination by the medical teams sent by the Chief Medical Officer of the District and no fee is charged from the enrolled trainees.

To encourage the enrolled youth a number of Rs 1000/- per month is paid to them for maintaining their health. They are instructed to take healthy food after hard physical and academic sessions daily.