Conceptualising a secure and better future for the youth of Ladakh, the Indian Army has started the project “Ladakh Ignited Minds”, a full-time residential program to mentor and guide Ladakhi students for various entrance exam opportunities of Medical and Engineering Colleges across India.
Under the first batch of the project, 45 students including 20 seats reserved for females from Leh and Kargil districts, would get training for JEE and NEET entrance examinations.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen PGK Menon, GOC 14 Corps asserted that,” The Indian Army is not only emphasising on skill development training but also working on providing employment opportunities to the underprivileged sections of UT of Ladakh. Such effort is a result of continuous interaction of Indian Army with the locals. The project will facilitate the underprivileged talented students and enable them better employment opportunities. This is an effective tool to transform the Ladakhi society and will enthuse a new ray of hope for the underprivileged.”
The project “Ladakh Ignited Minds: A Centre of Excellence and Wellness” is a joint initiative taken by Leh based Fire and Fury Corps of Indian Army with corporate partner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and execution agency National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO).
Indian Army will oversee the overall operations including administration and logistics of the project with requisite funding support though Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).
Kanpur Based NGO, National Integrity & Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO) has been designated to execute the initiative.
Aimed at maintaining cordial Civil and Defence relations and better future for Ladakhi youth, the educational trust will not only mentor, guide and aid the Ladakhi students’ future growth story but will also provide value-based education.
Under which right from the primary career soft skill training, critical life competencies, leadership capabilities, personal conditioning, wellness programs, vocational training, personality development, and end to end grooming will be provided to the students till they become productive human resources for the nation.