Ravi Kant Shekhar
From Bihar to Bahrain A skill gives a person wings to fly. How far one flies depends on his calibre and luck. Here are two boys who flew across the seas Subham Kumar Upadhyay, 23, was an ordinary boy in a distant village in Bihar. He was willing to work hard, but the question was: in what should he invest his labour? He appeared for a polytechnic exam and cleared it, but could not take admission as the fee was too high. One day, he came to know about ATDC through a friend. He enquired further about the fee structure and career prospects after the course. Subham borrowed money from one of his father’s friends and enrolled for the two-year Advance Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing Technology at ATDC Patna. After the course, he joined Akriti Creation, Delhi, as a Quality Controller. In August 2013, ATDC organised a Placement Week at his headquarters in Gurgaon, and Subham decided to join ATDC. It was a decision that would change his life. Among the companies shopping for talent at the Placement Week was MRS Fashions, a Bahrain based company. They liked what they saw in Shubham: a hard worker who thanks ATDC’s training that helped him know about the apparel business. MRS Fashions hired him as a Quality Controller. He joined the company on December 31. “This is unbelievable,” Subham says. “It seems like a dream that I am sitting in Bahrain today and earning a handsome amount. This opportunity came my way all thanks to ATDC.” He now draws an equivalent of Rs 26,000 a month. Today, he has become an inspiration for youth in his hometown. Take, for instance, Ravi Kant Shekhar, 21. His father worked in a Post Office and did not earn much. Then, he passed away and Ravi’s world came crashing down. Now, he was the breadwinner. But with neither a higher education nor any skills, what could he do? He somehow enrolled for a course at ATDC Patna. He, too, joined Akriti Creation, Delhi as Quality Controller. And like Subham, he was also picked by MRS Fashions. Skill has no boundaries, and they just prove that.