Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, December 9, 1970 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 31 New image sought by Indian students Job-hunting program big success BOMBAY (CP)-Each weekend hundreds of students from Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and other Indian cities go to nearby villages for a spell of constructive work. The young men and women have a two-fold objective. They want to contribute their bit to the modernization of rural India where most of the 500,000 villages are still steeped in poverty and superstition. They are also anxious to project a new image of the student community. Youth organizations in many Indian cities are disturbed by the growing indiscipline in schools and colleges. According to one newspaper report, there were 200 coUege strike in the last eight months. But a non-official survey recently completed shows that more than 70 per cent of Indian student", are only interested in studies an^ not in making trouble. Students from two Bombay colleges have in recent weeks helped to construct an approach road to a village and raise a cone- :te school building where there was only a mud hut before. Another Bombay group is helping in the construction of a hostel for mentally retarded children. Students from several Bombay nigh schools have also taken part in the rehabilitati - of the Koyna area, 200 miles from here, which was ravaged by a disastrous --thquake two years ago. In the south Indian city of Madras, known for its long tradition of university education alo"" Western lines, students are active in the medical field. Two medical colleges ha e organized weekend "camp group has plans to organize a literacy campaign in nearby villages. Federal Education Minister Vijayendra Rao ' hoping that some of i' ' long-delryed constructive spirit may even touch the great metropolis of Calcutta - Jch has become a stronghold of Maoist students. Rao h-s asked university vice-chancellors in Calcutta and other parts of West Bengal province to start a "dialogue" with the students in order to persuade them to take up constructive work. Perhaps the most interesting of the developments in this connection is being witnessed in Bombay. A group of Bombay students has formed an organization to promote "better understanding" between students and their parents. Called the Students For Discipline movement, it wants youths to obey their parents, respect tiheir teachers and "do everything possible to correct the impression that Indian students are only interested in destroying themselves and their country." As evidence of their new spirit, members of SFD spent several hours recently scrubbing the streets o* south Bombay. VICTORIA (CP) - Something called creative job search technique, invented by an official of the Oregon state bureau of labor, has met with remarkable success here in helping individuals to find jobs on their own. It consists of two weekly sessions, each an hour and a half long. At the first, instructor Doug Yearwood names the sources of labor in the city, what the turnover is, and gives an explanation of how the job market works. The assignment for the second session is to answer six questions in detail: what things has the individual done successfully; has been commended for: former jobs; what kind of equipment he can operate; likes and dislikes. "These are all positive questions. By answering them fully you will gain personal insights into yourself that you may never have realized, or have forgotten. This will take 10 to 25 hours to complete. "Once completed, a positive mosaic of yourself emerges. From this you can prepare a resume at the next session." At the next session, Mr. Year-wood tells the group that "starting tomorrow morning you should start job-hunting on an eight-hours-a-day basis." "If you are prepared to work eight hours a day for an employer, you should be willing to do it for yourself." NOT ALL ADVERTISED Ky Silvest, an original member of the Victoria group, tells each new group that the British Columbia civil service, as one example of employers, has 24,000 people in a wide range of jobs. "In 1968 the annual turnover was just over 19 per cent. This means 5,000 jobs were open. Not all were advertised, but they were posted. All you have to do is take the trouble to find out what's available and then make your approach using your resume." Since 1962, when the program first started in Portland, Ore., 20,000 persons from 15 to 80 have completed the program there. "Follow-up shows 80 per cent who completed the sessions found work within seven days to three weeks," Mr. Yearwood said. "Professional people may take up to three months and may have to go further afield, but the over-all success rate is 80 per cent." Gives Tablecloth BOW ISLAND (Special) - Mrs. Hilda Casley donated a hand-made lace tablecloth to the Catholic Women's League here recently. It will be awarded after a draw. Mrs. Donald Hadnagy reported from the recent convention. The annual Christmas party followed the business meeting. Since it began in Victoria a year ago, about 250 people have gone through the program. Data on the first 100 indicated a 73-per-cent success rate. Manpower department offi- cials consider the statistics especially encouraging, considering that the unemployment rate in Victoria last winter was 11 per cent. L. S. McGill, Manpower's Pacific region director, said: "We are extremely pleased with the results of the creative job search technique program, based on the current data. We want to expand the program and we will work toward this goal."