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Skill centre for employability

Bhubaneswar, July 4: Around 415 skill development centres and 91 industrial training institutes will be set up in Orissa on public-private partnership (PPP) mode to enhance the employability of the youths.

S. Ramadorai, advisor to the Prime Minister on skill development, who met chief minister Naveen Patnaik, other ministers and senior state government officials today, gave this information.

Talking to reporters, Ramadorai said the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) had set a target to create 150 million skilled people and Orissa should avail the maximum opportunity of skill development programmes. Orissa had huge employment potential in construction, information technology, IT-enabled services, hospitality and health care sectors, he said. Ramadorai said that an expert NSDC team had already visited the state to study the employment and employability scenario.

Focusing on the relevance of skill development, the former Union labour secretary said training should be imparted in the jobs, which had good employment prospects. Or else, there would be a gap between employability and employment.

The central government and the NSDC were also thinking of extending credit support to vocational training courses, he said.

Ramadorai said skill development was one of the most important priorities of the nation since the population in 15-25 years age group was the largest demographic component.

During the course of the discussion, chief minister Naveen Patnaik stressed on the need to undertake more skill development programmes in the construction sector, which has a tremendous employment potential in the state.

Earlier, giving a presentation on the employment scenario in the state, director of employment mission, A. Padhee said an additional 12,000 engineering graduates would be required per year by 2015.

Similarly, there would be an additional demand for 36,000 diploma holders and 72,000 industrial training institute certificate holders every year. Vocational training has been imparted to 1.10 lakh youths of the state with funding from the state employment mission, he said.

Ernst and Young has conducted a study on skill gap in 16 districts and will take up survey in remaining 14 districts in near future, said the state employment mission head.

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