IPCSI aims to bring down school dropout rate in Punjab

Going by the school dropout rates in Punjab - arguably the highest in India - the International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry (IPCSI) has come up with a youth-centric agenda for this year.

According to the figures released by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the dropout rates, as determined in 2011, ranged between 44 and 48 per cent in higher classes and from 23 to 25 per cent in primary classes in Punjab schools.

The new president of IPCSI, Prof Satinder Dhiman, who is also the Director of Woodbury University, USA, said, "The dropout rate in the state is alarming. Many of the students do not go for higher education, since they fail to understand the meaning of education. In our one-year program we will train them in such a manner that they will find reasons to stay in school."

Other key operational areas identified by IPCSI include drug addiction and unemployment among youth in Punjab. The members will be holding workshops in all Punjab districts in order to improve the retention rate among students and promote entrepreneurship.

Dhiman who took over as IPCSI president on Thursday, teaches management and perspectives on leadership and spirituality. He is also the author of an upcoming book 'Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People: Journey from Success to Significance'. IPCSI represents a cross-section of NRI professionals, experts, entrepreneurs, visionaries and businessmen.

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