NEW DELHI, Dec 17 - Selected students and youths from the Northeastern region will be sponsored for professional training abroad in some of the best institutions outside the region, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.
Addressing a seminar on �Empowering Northeast India�, Singh said to begin with, eight youths will be sent for training in fashion technology, hospitality and protocol courses.
Singh, Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), said his main concern is the mass exodus of youth from the North East, who initially leave the region in search of high quality education and later take a job and settle in other parts of the country.
�If we have a provision for a streamlined sponsored training outside, the youth will not only gain access to high quality education but would also have the option to go back to their native place and serve,� he said.
The Minister said he had recently also finalised an arrangement for cost-free training of young doctors from NE in some of the best medical institutes outside.
The first group of selected physicians and surgeons will start a six-month training course in Onco-Surgery and Onco-Medicine in Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai from January 1, 2016.
At the same time, he said, considering high prevalence of cancer in the region, a proposal is mooted for acceptance of Medical Council of India, exclusive seats in DM and Mch in Onco-Medicine and Onco-Surgery respectively at Adyar Cancer Institute.
Singh said he was persuading the leaders of food industry to invest in North East which would not only enable production of original products with market across the borders but would also generate huge employment avenues for the youth.
He informed that with a view to carry forward �India�s Bamboo Mission�, an international conference is being planned in the first half of next year, which is expected to give boost to the bamboo industry and bamboo related vocational opportunities in North East. � PTI