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Odisha for uniform procedures in skill development programmes

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 8:

Odisha government has sought formulation of uniform procedures for implementing skill development programmes by different departments and Ministries.

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Representing the state government at a meeting of the Sub Group of Chief Ministers constituted by NITI Aayog for Skill Development held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh on Sunday , Odisha Minister for E & TE & T, Sanjay Kumar Das Burma stressed the need for a common platform for mobilisation and counselling of youth for skill development, pool of trainers, industry tie-up for placements and captive training, common web-based software to prevent duplication and empanelment of assessors and certified trainers to ensure quality of training.

Das Burma further proposed sufficient flexibility to states to modify the guidelines of Central Skill Development Schemes to suit local needs.

Das Burma said the National Open School as well as State Open Schools should provide skill-based training courses in a combination of distance and class room modes in collaboration with other competent institutions.

He said Government of India should promote National and State level Skill Universities, which will work in close co-ordination with relevant industries, training and academic institutions, Sector Skill Councils and Government agencies.

Demanding an ITI in every block, Das Burma proposed strengthening of vocational training facilities at sub-divisional level.

The Minister further proposed conversion of District Employment Exchanges to Model Career Centres under National Career Service Programme and make it the single point of contact for counselling, soft skill training, linking to Programme Implementing Agencies (PIA) for hard skill training and enabling placement through local industries / trades and other potential employers.

He said there is also the need to set up Migration Support Centres at major placement hubs to facilitate candidates for better retention and career progression opportunities.  This will also help post-placement tracking of trainees, he added.

“Government of India may empanel International Partners through a transparent bidding process for collaborating with states for setting up of Multi Skills Development Centres (MSDC) with sharing of funds,” proposed Das Burma at the meeting.

Informing the meeting of the high priority given to skill development to create opportunities for gainful employment of youth of the state, the Minister said  Odisha has implemented “Chief Minister Employment Generation Scheme” with a vision of provodong skills to 11 lakh youth in Odisha including 9.3 lakh youth in rural areas at the rate of at least 150 youth in each Gram Panchayat and 1.7 lakh youth in urban areas.

“The Government of Odisha has taken a decision to implement a five-year Advance Skill Training Institute (ASTI) Programme to establish eight  ASTIs in a hub-and-spoke model to cover 30 ITI by committing over USD175 million (Rs 1015 crore). This will not only link world-class Finishing Schools-cum-Production Centres to ITIs, Engineering Colleges, Diploma holders in the State, but also provide career oriented courses.  These centres will also impart skill training to youth in various sectors under Government of India and the State Government under umbrella programmes,” said Das Burma highlighting the measures taken by the state government for skill improvement.

The Odisha Skill Development Society has been constituted and an ADB team is currently in the state to finalise the Detailed Project Report (DPR). ADB has agreed to lend USD 110 million in soft loans, he added.

The Minister informed that the state government will establish ITIs in each sub-division of the state during the current financial year 2015-16.

The meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Punjab and Chairman, Sub-Group of Chief Ministers Prakash Singh Badal, was attended by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, representatives of other Chief Ministers along with CEO of Niti Aayog Sindhushree Khullar and Odisha’s departmental principal secretary Asit Tripathy.