Guwahati, Dec. 12: The Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (Finer) and the Assam Productivity Council will explore the possibility of setting up of a training and skill development institute in the state.
Finer and the council signed an MoU last evening where this option featured.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Assam minister of industry, commerce and power Pradyut Bordoloi at his office in the Assam secretariat.
Finer chairman R.S. Joshi said the MoU would pave the way for giving a boost to productivity in the manufacturing and service sector to enable them to be competitive.
“We lack in productivity and this is an important step we are taking to address the issue,” Joshi said.
Both Finer and the council will jointly conduct workshops regarding creation of entrepreneurship culture in the region as well as training and development activities in the corporate sector, the council chairman, B.P. Bakshi, said.
Joshi and Bakshi signed the document on behalf of their respective organisations.
Bordoloi appreciated the idea of this venture and suggested various initiatives that are being mooted by the government to impart skill training to budding entrepreneurs in the state as well as in the region.
Twenty-three multi-disciplinary skill development trai-ning centres are coming up during 2012-13. These will address the issues of skill development, enhance employability of the rural youths as well as to reap advantage of the growing demand for skilled manpower in the country.
The industries and commerce department is also carrying out a “resource mapping” at the 219 development blocks to identify various employable trades based on local potential.