On Thursday, a contingent from Japan, consisting of representatives of skill training companies met Union Minister Jitendra Singh and put forth nursing job offers specially for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The delegates conveyed to Singh that two firms namely Blue Works International and FA Group had already shortlisted 12 students from the Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences (ASCOMS). After initially undergoing the Technical Intern Training Programme, they would get a nursing job in Japan with a monthly remuneration of Rs. 90,000. Singh confirmed this development on microblogging website Twitter.
Currently, the eligibility for this job is either passing class 10, 6 months of working experience as a nurse or a diploma in nursing. According to officials, Singh expressed his satisfaction on the new opportunities coming to the fore after the Centre’s move to revoke the special status of J&K. He also revealed that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Japan's Ministry of Labour had already signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to exchange technical skills. The Union Minister appreciated the role of ASCOMS in engaging with Japan to make nursing a lucrative profession. Out of the 12 selected candidates, 5 hail from Jammu and 7 are residents of Ladakh.
During the meeting, he recalled his engagement with Japan over the last 5 years. Hailing the Japanese investment and involvement in the northeast, he mentioned that the country had a sentimental association with that region due to the heavy losses inflicted on it in the Second World War. He reiterated that as developing nations, both India and Japan would have to pursue common goals. Singh remarked that Indian nurses could supplement the shortage of healthcare professionals in Japan, which is touted as an ageing society.
(With PTI inputs)