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“Ladakh Ignited Minds: A Centre of Excellence and Wellness” to secure better future for youth of UT: Army

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Srinagar: The project Ladakh Ignited Minds: A Centre of Excellence and Wellness has been conceptualised to secure a better future for the youth of UT of Ladakh and is a full-time residential program to mentor and guide them for a period of twelve months for entrance examinations of various Medical and Engineering Colleges spread across in India, said a defense spokesperson.

“The program under the aegis of Fire and Fury Corps of Indian Army will be executed by Kanpur based NGO, National Integrity & Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO). Army would oversee the overall operations to include administration and logistics with requisite funding support through Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL),” the spokesperson said.

“As part of Army’s sustained initiative to secure a better future for Ladakhi youth, Indian Army under the aegis of Fire and Fury Corps, signed MoUs with corporate partner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and executing agency National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation, (NIEDO) on 26 Apr 2021 at HQ 14 Corps, Leh in the presence of Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP, Leh, Advisor to  LG, UT of Ladakh, Secy to Hon’ble LG, UT of Ladakh and Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Councillor, Leh, Secy Edn, UT of Ladakh.  Lt Gen PGK Menon, AVSM, GOC 14 Corps along with Prince Singh, Chief Regional Manager, Retail J&K, HPCL, Dr Rohit Srivastav, Managing Trustee and CEO, NIEDO and various other senior Army officials and civil dignitaries,” he said.

The spokesperson further said: “Indian Army after a detailed research and fieldwork has nominated a Kanpur based educational trust named National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO), which will execute the program. It will not only mentor and guide the children and aid their future growth story but will also provide value-based education,  right from the primary career chosen, to soft skill training, critical life competencies, leadership capabilities, personal conditioning, wellness programs, vocational training, personality development, and end to end grooming till they become productive human resource for the nation.”

“Dignitaries speaking on the occasion highlighted that Army is emphasising on efforts which not only provide skill development training but also ultimately result in better employment opportunities to the underprivileged and disadvantaged sections of UT of Ladakh. Such efforts are a result of continuous interactions between the Army and the locals. This is an effective tool to transform the Ladakhi society and will enthuse a new ray of hope for the underprivileged,” he added

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