Swabalamban is the initiative of Assam Don Bosco University to skill the youth of the areas surrounding the university campus as part of its commitment to building strong and resilient communities where social justice and dignity for all prevail. This programme, undertaken by the different Engineering Departments of the University along with the department of Social Work, aims to provide technical skills to youth to increase their employability as well as to make them self-employable.
It has been observed that several youth of the Azara Gaon Panchayat, where the Aazara Campus of the University is situated, are facing difficulty in securing suitable livelihood options. Traditionally dependent on fishing in the Deepor Beel for subsistence, the communities’ youth are unable to sustain on it due to lower returns and changing ecological conditions. In this context, the faculty members, staff and students of the University have set in motion the “Swabalamban” project to address this need of the unemployed youth of the area by training them in technical skills.
The first such training programme was conducted from 1 to 12 December 2014, in collaboration with Shailabala Biswas Education Foundation, Kolkata. The programme concentrated on Electrical house wiring, inverter making and installation. The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) along with the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Social Work of Assam Don Bosco University were involved in conducting the training programme. The Azara Gaon Panchayat played a proactive role in disseminating information and selecting suitable candidates. The programme had overwhelming response from the youth. A Total of 113 local youth (both boys and girls) applied for the training programme, and 10 among them were chosen for the first training session.
Till date, under the aegis of Swabalamban, a number of training programmes of this nature have been organized as given below:
- The departments of Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) along with Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Social Work Departments organized a two week training program “Swabalamban-2015” on house wiring, inverter making and installation from 23rd November to 3rd December, 2015.
- The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering organised a week-long free training programme on house wiring for the educated unemployed youth of the locality from 28th November to 3rd December 2016.
- The Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Social Work of Assam Don Bosco University organized a 5-days’ free training programme on DTP and design of solar powered chargeable LED lamps from 7th December 2016 to 11th December 2016.