Indian Army signs MoU with HPCL & NIEDO for Ladakh Ignited Minds project
Leh, April 26: As part of the Indian Army’s initiative to secure a better future for Ladakhi youth, the Indian Army, under the aegis of Fire and Fury Corps, signed MoUs with corporate partner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and executing agency National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation, (NIEDO) today at HQ 14 Corps, Leh in the presence of Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Councillor, Leh; Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP, Ladakh; Advisor Ladakh, Umang Narula; Ravinder Kumar, Administrative Secretary, Lt Gen PGK Menon, AVSM, GOC 14 Corps along with Prince Singh, Chief Regional Manager, Retail J&K, HPCL, Dr Rohit Srivastav, Managing Trustee and CEO, NIEDO and various other senior Army officials and civil dignitaries.
The project, Ladakh Ignited Minds: A Centre of Excellence and Wellness, has been conceptualised to secure a better future for the youth of UT of Ladakh. It is a full-time residential programme to mentor and to guide Ladakhi youth for twelve months for various Medical and Engineering Colleges entrance examinations in India. The programme under the aegis of Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army would be executed by National Integrity & Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO), a Kanpur-based NGO. The Army would oversee the overall operations to include administration and logistics with requisite funding support through Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).
Speaking on the occasion, the dignitaries stated that Army is emphasising efforts not only for skill development but also for employment opportunities for the underprivileged and disadvantaged sections of Ladakh.