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Odisha Government to set up advanced skill training institutes

odisha-skill training institutesIn another step towards developing the skill manpower in the State,  Odisha Government have decided to set-up  Advance Skill Development Training Institutes (ASTIs) in the State with a view to impart skill training to around 2 lakh youths within a period of 5 years.

This was discussed in the 1st General Body meeting of Odisha Skill Development Society (OSDS) held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Principal Secretary Skill Development & Technical Education Sri Laxmi Narayan Gupta outlined the issues for discussion. The Chief Executive Officer State Employment Mission Sri G. Rajesh presented the details of the project.

The meeting deliberated on the institutional structure and modalities for implementation of the project. Chief Secretary directed the department to build in the quality elements in the programme from the very begging. He directed that the bid document itself should emphasize on quality parameters  and in the process we must bring in the best quality training partner.

Sri Padhi further directed to design the courses in alignment with National Skill Quality Framework (NSQF) so as to facilitate smooth migration between vocational training and general education.  Chief Secretary  also directed to set timelines against each milestone of the project and adhere to it in implementation.  The department was advised to run the training in available buildings till completion of the civil works.

Replying to a media quarry after the meeting,  Principal Secretary Sri Gupta said that it was decided to set up 8 STIs in different parts of the State out of which 6 would on be Demonstration mode with major investment from Govt and 2 would be on PPP mode. The places like Angul, Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Jeypore,  Bolangir, Jharsuguda and Rourkela were proposed for establishment of the ASTIs.  These institutes would impart skill training in 142 courses of 12 priority sectors of the Govt.

The scheme targets to train 2 lakh youths, impart advanced & finishing skills to 50,000 ITI pass outs and support skill training to 5000 people for self employment. Besides, customized skill upgradation training and certification would be provided to 25,000 skill workforce in their respective trades under Recognition of Prior Learning ( RPL) previsions.  Sri Gputa further added that the targeted group of the scheme includes unemployed IT pass outs, unemployed engineers, general graduates and polytechnic graduates.

The project has been designed for 5 years. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs.1051 cr out of which State Govt would provide 1/3rd and the rest would be availed from Asian Development Bank as loan. The OSDS would be the nodal agency for implementation of the project. For the purpose a General Body has been formed under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary with representatives from Banks, Industries, Govt of India and concerned agencies.

The Executive Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Development Commissioner. The meeting decided to constitute 2 sub-committees namely Civil Construction Sub-Committee and Procurement Sub-Committee to look in to various technical and financial aspects.

The Secretary Works Sri Nalinikanta Pradhan, Secretary Panchayat Raj Sri D.K. Singh, MD OMC Sri Veenel Krishna, Director, OTELP, Srikant Prusty, Director NRLM Sri Pranab Jyoti Nath, Special Secretary Finance Sri Ashwani Mishra,  ADB team led by Sri Mr Brajesh Pant and Bikram Harsha along with senior officers from Central Tool Room and  CIPET participated in deliberations.

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