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SEED has launched its ambitious vocational training institute, ‘National Institute of Technical Training’ aiming to provide vocational training, leading to employment opportunities for unemployed poor youth.

Hyderabad: Madrasa students wearing a hard hat along with traditional ‘topi’ (skull cap) handling heavy machinery, it is not an ordinary scene, but when it comes to the new age charitable projects of SEED, nothing is traditional and nothing is ordinary. This new project of Support for Educational and Economic Development (SEED), a US based aid group, aims to knock down many stereotypes of Indian Muslims in one blow.
In partnership with the Hyderabad based Ashraful Madaris Educational Society, SEED has launched its ambitious vocational training institute ‘National Institute of Technical Training’ aiming to provide vocational training leading to employment opportunities for unemployed and undereducated poor youth.
“The whole idea behind this technical institute is to help unemployed and undereducated Muslim youth to get decent jobs so they can live a life of dignity,” said Syed Mazheruddin Hussaini, Executive Director of SEED. This institute is located at Pahadishareef road near Shaheen Nagar, in Hyderabad. The institute was inaugurated on March 6, 2016 by M. J. Akbar, Director Minority Welfare Department of Telangana State.
At the inauguration ceremony of the Institute, Hussaini said, “It is better to do hard work than begging. Hard work opens new avenues.” He also shared his strong belief that, “Indian Muslim community should stand on its own feet, community has enough resources for self support and the only challenge is to channelize those untapped resources.”
Dr. M.M. Anwar, President of Ashraf ul Madaris Educational Society said poor and unemployed young Muslims are easily getting lured towards anti-social activities. Hussaini said that the plan is to target school dropouts and madrasa students to provide them with technical skills so they can get decent jobs in the market. “ NITT will try to provide moral education also in order to make them responsible and good human beings”.
To attract the students for enrollment, SEED has come up with a wise plan to provide stipend in the form of travel and stationary allowance of Rs. 200 per week (Rupees 800 per month) for the duration of the course period. Now what keeps NITT different from the rest of the Vocational Training Institutes is, apart from offering hassle free admission and incentive allowance, the mandatory matriculation certificate is removed from admission process there by encouraging many young school dropouts to enroll. But at the same time to fill the void of formal education, NITT will also offer free tuition to students to encourage them to appear for matriculation examination.
Currently NITT is offering three vocational courses – Electrician (Appliance repair) and Refrigerator and Air conditioning with academic period of 6 months. The third main course of the NITT is Automobile Mechanics with tenure of one academic year. At the end of the course, passing out trainees will be given Certificate approved by Government.
NITT also has a media room to make the students apt with modern technological progress. Media room has a 46 inch screen connected to the internet which will provide visual classes on current trends in technology market especially in Automobile industry.