Mcleodganj : Under the dynamic leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration requested the Indian Government for the rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees. At present, there are 45 Tibetan settlements in India and majority of the settlements’ livelihood is based on Agriculture. In 2002, the Central Tibetan Administration adopted a new policy on Agriculture to improve the livelihood and economic condition of the settlers.
In continuation to attain above vision, the Department of Home in collaboration with M/S PeopleSide Consulting Pvt. Ltd. conducted an intensive assessment of farm machinery and workshop segment of 12 major agriculture based Tibetan settlements. As revealed in experts comment, the Department initiated a 7-month intensive professional Agri-farm mechanic and fabrication training at Samarth Group of Institution, Pune for 7 capable Tibetan youth candidates. This training commenced from 16 August 2019 and is funded by USAID.
During the inaugural ceremony, Secretary Wangdu Tsering, Department of Home participated via video conference and addressed the participants. Secretary of the Samarth Group of Institution Vivek Vasantrao Shelake gave some valuable remarks to the participants. The training program was exclusively designed on the findings from the assessment conducted by People Side Consulting. It focuses on developing the relevant skill-set and mindset of the participants in order to sustain the settlement in the long-term. Department of Home acknowledged the valuable financial support from USAID to conduct this important skill development training.