All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) president Dipanka Kumar Nath on Friday inaugurated a private employment exchange at Jorhat in Assam.

This private employment exchange has been set up by the Jorhat district unit of the students’ body in collaboration with Asom Sena, a sister organization at Solicitor Road in Jorhat.

The private employment exchange has been set up to assist local youths to in getting employment at private companies and firms.

The initiative is said to be first of its kind by AASU in the State and was done in collaboration with Guidance Information-cum Counseling Centre, a local organization.

The initiative has been launched to help local qualified and skilled youths to get employed in all categories of jobs in the private sector.

“The employment exchange will run in a professional manner by persons who have knowledge of the same and will be functioning like a placement-cum counselling centre by charging a minimum registration fee of Rs 200,” said Jorhat unit of the AASU.

However, the agency will expect the youth who gets employment via the facility to shell out Rs 2000 after he/she gets his first salary.

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The AASU Jorhat district President said that the student’s body will try to collect the Rs 2000 initially from the employer but if the latter was found reluctant in this regard then the employed person will be requested to pay the said amount.

Pointing out that private placement agencies charge heavy registration fees and also takes another hefty amount like a huge percentage of salary for several months, from those who get jobs through such agencies, he said in their (AASU-Asom Sena initiative one) centre the same will be nominal

Counselling and guidance will be provided to the youths who will be registering in the centre so that they could overcome shortcomings, if any, so that on the excuse of lack of eligibility, locals were not deprived.

The AASU president said that already discussions with several companies and firms are on in this regard and soon memorandums of understanding (MoUs) would be signed for recruitment by the agency.

AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath, in his address, while praising the initiative said, “The idea of opening an employment exchange for providing jobs to local youths had come up in the Duliajan conference of the students’ body last month and the employment exchange materializing within a short period was a positive step.”

Smita Bhattacharyya

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