NEW PLANS: Kolhan University
A bridge is in the making to fill the demand-supply gap in skilled manpower.
Tata Power will provide job-oriented training to National Service Scheme (NSS) students of five colleges under Kolhan University.
The varsity is one of the nine institutes selected by the Union ministry for youth affairs and sports for launching the National University Student Skills Development (NUSSD) programme.
The scheme will be implemented in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Besides Kolhan, Ranchi University is the only other institute from Jharkhand to feature among the selected nine.
While the programme has already started in Ranchi University, it will kick off in Kolhan University within a couple of months.
The Tata Power plant at Jojobera has agreed to lend support to the project that aims to meet the shortage of 20 lakh skilled workers in different sectors across the state. The power major will offer training in English and soft skills, community development and construction site supervision.
Besides, summer or winter internships at the Jojobera power plant will be up for grabs.
“Though there are many programmes under the NUSSD programme, we will preferably go for industrial training. The skill development programme of the Union ministry only offers hands-on training, but we will also try to help the youths bag a job,” said Sunit Kumar, NSS co-ordinator of Kolhan University.
Out of the five colleges from where NSS students will be selected by TISS, three have been chosen — LBSM College, ABM College and Jamshedpur Women’s College.
TISS will also award certificates and diplomas to the students, who will get credits under the system. To get a certificate, a student will have to score 20 credits, while TISS will award a diploma if one gets 40 credits and above.
The programme is a three-phase initiative. The first phase includes assessment of the supply and demand gap, while the second will see designing of the training. In the third and final phase, the project will be implemented.
At present, Jharkhand has about 200 technical training institutes that produce only 30,000 skilled hands every year.