Friday, August 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit students overcome obstacles to complete course

CHENNAI, August 19, 2011
Dalit students overcome obstacles to complete course
Special Correspondent

Foundation course of International Air Transport Association, Montreal, Canada

For both M. Veerababu of Keeranur village near Palani and U. Sampath
Raja of Kurundhampattu village near Karaikudi, their rural educational
background did not deter them from successfully completing the
foundation course of International Air Transport Association (IATA),
Montreal, Canada.

The two are among the 16 Dalit boys and girls who completed the
course, which was funded by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing
Development Corporation (TAHDCO).

Mr.Veerababu said a relative told him about the course. His schooling
was in Tamil medium because of which he initially struggled.

C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Managing Director, TAHDCO, said a total of 20
students were enrolled in the Academy, which is the first batch. The
TAHDCO had spent Rs. 40,000 each to the students for completing the
course. The IATA certificates are internationally recognised ones with
which the students were able to get a good job in tourism industry, he

Vani Murugesan, Manager (Operations), Kuoni Academy, Chennai, said it
is a foundation-level course, jointly conducted by the IATA and
Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association. The examination
papers are corrected by a team at Montreal, she said.

N. Subramanian, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Minister, distributed
the certificates and placement letters to the students and
congratulated them.

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