A one-day workshop on Leadership and Skill Development was organized for Data Entry Operators of 265 Grama Panchayaths of Shimoga district, under the guidance of Dr. Manjunath Bhandary, President, Bhandary Foundation, in association with Hosabelaku Charitable Trust. Dr. Manjunath Bhandary explained the main theme of the programme which aimed to develop skill in the youth of Shimoga rural area; to be social, economical and political leaders. The programme was inaugurated by Sri Oscar Fernandes, Hon’ble Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways, Govt. of India. Sri. Oscar Fernandes, in his inaugural speech, spoke on the importance of knowledge and technology.

Eminent persons like Mr. Kagodu Thimmappa, Hon’ble Speaker, Govt.of Karnataka, Mr. Kimmane Rathnakar, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. Praveen Chakravarthy, Advisor to NSDC, New Delhi, spoke on the occasion. Other important resource persons were Dr. U. M. Bhushi, Principal, Mr Chethan Ram, International Trainer, Mrs. Sindhu Girish, HR Manager, Rural Shores, Banglore, Mr. Rajesh Bhat, CEO, Head Held High, Bangalore, and Mr. Narendra Swami, MLA, Malvalli, Mandya.

The workshop commenced with the “Leadership and Motivational Speech” by Dr. U. M. Bhushi, Principal, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management. Mr. Chethan Ram, International Trainer, spoke on “Leadership and Personality Development.” His enthusiastic and dynamic approach helped the participants to awaken the spirit of leadership. Mrs. Sindhu Girish, HR Manager, Rural Shores, highlighted on skill enhancement and gave information regarding BPO, KPO Services in the rural areas. Mr. Rajesh Bhat, CEO, Head Held High, spoke about the transformation of employment from urban to rural area and inspired the youth with live examples.

The workshop ended with a panel discussion, question and answer session and participants shared their experience and appreciated the efforts of Dr. Manjunath Bhandary.