A five-month certificate course in web designing has been started at Khalsa English High School to help youngsters find jobs.
The course, authorised by the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) under the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), is designed for students of classes X and above. The age limit is 30 years.
Classes started last Friday and are being held thrice a week at the computer laboratory of the school on Paddapukur Road. The course fee of Rs 6,000 can be paid in instalments.
"Our objective is to bridge the gap between high school and college. After completing the course, students can get a job in any shop or organisation or be self-employed too," said Dharam Singh, the owner of SignWorld, which will conduct the course. "We will also get the students registered with the district industrial centres."
Singh said the company has given free training to 400 youths in web designing, mobile repairing, computer and hardware networking and as as receptionist since March.
Jasjit Singh, the honorary secretary of FACES, a non- profit apex body of schools and colleges in the city, welcome the effort. "It is a great initiative and the fact that it has been started in a school will make it accessible to a wider section of society," he said.
The course was launched by former hockey player Gurbux Singh. Among those present on the occasion were T.S. Walia, the president of Gurudwara Bara Sikh Sangat which founded the school, Sohan Singh Aitiana, the president of the school managing committee, and Baljit Singh, a member of the committee.