Jorhat, Sept. 11: The process of setting up a multi-disciplinary skill development centre in each of the state’s 219 blocks began today with industries, commerce and power minister Pradyut Bordoloi laying the foundation stone of the first such centre on the BDO’s office campus in Margherita block in Tinsukia district.
Bordoloi said the centre would enable youths to acquire different vocational skills, which would help them get jobs in different industries and, if needed, be self-employed.
“We would like to groom the young generation in need-based technical skills, which will help them earn a living and it is from here (Margherita) that the start has been made till all the blocks in the state are covered. This will end the unemployment problem in the state to a large extent,” he said.
Bordoloi said thousands of youths from the state were working elsewhere in India and they would be more employable and earn better once their skills were upgraded through training.
He stressed on the need for skill development among youths to end unemployment in the state and said there was a need to create a work force, which would cater to the needs of various sectors at the grassroots level.
The other three such centres to be set up this year will be in Bilasipara, Karimganj and Nagaon.
K.M. Das, general manager, DICC, Tinsukia said training would be given in 37 trades but each centre would have the facility for training in four of five vocations according to the need and resources in the area.
The options will include mobile repairing, digital videography, basic electronics repair and maintenance, toy making, plumbing, bamboo crafts, agricultural implements, manufacturing and repairing, training of lab chemists, plastic processing, food processing and packaging, motor vehicle repairing, drilling, rigging, dumper operator, electric wireman and masonry.
The project cost for each centre will be Rs 2.5 crore and the one at Margherita will be a two-storied building, constructed over 3 bighas of land.