Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Skill Development Programme Extension is Top Priority: Minister Sampad Swain – N.F Times


Bhubaneswar: Skill Development Programme should not be confined to some category of students rather to be extended to the Higher Education course and linked to Mission Shakti and Industrial sector, opines Minister Sampad Swain.

While taking a review meeting on the Skill Development Programme, the Minister has highlighted on linking of Skill Development specifically to Industry and Industrial sector as well as with Mission Shakti. He has said that Industrialists and Companies are inking pact for absorbing the youth of Odisha in their arena but in fact outside persons are joining there. Because of lack of skill development our youths are being deprived of getting job programme. That is why it is imperative to link the skill development training programme to industry and higher education, said Sri Swain. He also sought the ongoing programme of the Department and sought a plan for 100 days.

The Principal Secretary of the Department Smt. Usha Padhee narrated about the ongoing projects of the Department. She said that it is aim of the Department to link the skill-development to job opportunities. In order to spread this message as a awareness among the youth it is proposed to launch Kaushal Rath which is awareness of Skill Development on wheel. The Kaushal Rath shall cover all the 30 districts focusing on High Schools, Ashram Schools, Childcare Institutions, Primitive Vulnerable Tribal Groups, ITI and Polytechnics. For this purpose two OSRTC Buses will be run on two routes covering 30 districts. The Buses will be equipped with required advanced audio-visual facilities as well as experimental labs for selected trades for hands-on-experience.

Local Public Representatives, parents, students will be invited to participate the programme. Apart from this 1st Kaushal Bhawan is being developed within premises of world Skill Centre, Bhubaneswar to provide hospitality training to youth especially facilities for training in Culinary Science, Food and Beverages, House Keeping Services and Front Office Associate Course. The Bhawan has a capacity of skilling 310 youth annually which shall be increased gradually.

Another programme like Chief Minister’s Skill Development Fellowship Programme in line with Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme has been initiated to support the District Skill Development and Employment Officers in the Districts. This will also supplement the model carrer centres. Mandatory participation in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is one hand, explained Smt. Padhee. Teaching, learning and resources (student-teacher ratio, faculty qualification and experience, faculty-student ratio are major parameters of the ranking system.

A dedicated NIRF cell to be established at BPUT to monitor and guide the Govt. Technical Universities and affiliated colleges of BPUT as per the ranking mandate of NIRF.

Principal Secretary Smt. Padhee make the Minister learnt bit by bit by bit about different schemes of the Department. Among others, Director and other senior officials were present.


Related Articles