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EXPOSURE AND DIALOGUE PROGRAM MEETING
By Conrad Saldanha
Mumbai, Dec. 21. On December 9, 2010  delegates  from Germany under  the  auspices  of  Exposure- undDialogprogramme e.V. a  non-profit  association working towards  overcoming poverty  and exclusion  in  the world  met  with representatives  of Indian  Industry at  Don Bosco  Centre  for Learning, Kurla,  to  dialogue  on the following  issues :

-    Corporate Social Responsibility
-    Skills Development in the Informal Sector
-    Curriculum Development and Certification - ITI

The meeting was facilitated by Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla.

KURLA, DECEMBER 21, 2010: On December 9, 2010  delegates  from Germany under  the  auspices  of  Exposure- undDialogprogramme e.V. a  non-profit  association working towards  overcoming poverty  and exclusion  in  the world  met  with representatives  of Indian  Industry at  Don Bosco  Centre  for Learning, Kurla,  to  dialogue  on the following  issues :

-    Corporate Social Responsibility
-    Skills Development in the Informal Sector
-    Curriculum Development and Certification - ITI

The meeting was facilitated by Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla.

Fr. Adolph  Furtado, Rector, DBCL  welcomed all the  guests and  thanked especially  the  representatives  of the Indian Industry  for taking time off  their  busy  schedule  to  attend  this  meeting.

The President of the German Chamber  of  Commerce, Mr. Bernhard Steinrücke  gave  a brief  but  substantial  overview  of the activities  of the German  Chamber of Commerce in India.

A  brief  presentation  was  made  by  Mr. Conrad  A. Saldanha, Principal  Advisor, DBCL, on  each  of the  issues  mentioned  above.

The Participants, then, based on their interests formed specific groups to discuss each of these issues.

The discussions were extremely engaging and lively. In  fact  the  entire  German  delegation  as well as the  Indian  Industry  representatives  expressed their total satisfaction for  the  entire  program. Dr. Angelika Stauder, the coordinator of the entire program mentioned that ''The dialogue on December 9 was very fruitful and it was a great pleasure to be involved in the preparation.'' They felt a lot had been accomplished in a short time that was from. 3pm - 6pm.

The recurring themes which came up during the discussions and Plenary were as follows:

a. The pros and cons of a Government vs. Private partnership.
b. The  need  for  increasing the interaction  with industry
c. The structuring of the Course content which needs updation and a more practical orientation.
d. The need to have a certification at different levels which is accepted by industry and monitored.

Fr. Savio  gave  a  vote of thanks to  all those  who  were  involved  in the preparation of  this  meeting  and dialogue.

The German  delegation  together  with  the  Don Bosco  team  would be looking at how  this  Dialogue  session  could be followed up in  a  meaningful and constructive  way.
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