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Tata lens on youth skills

Tata Steel is planning to set up skill development centres in the state to widen the ambit of its corporate social responsibility and enhance the employability of the youths.

The steel major’s managing director H.M. Nerurkar said this on Wednesday in his address during the launch of St Xavier’s Inter College at Lupungutu, Chaibasa.

“Providing employment opportunities to underprivileged youths will be accorded priority in the 2013-14 financial year,” he said.

“The bulk of social problems is due to lack of employment opportunities among youths. We have decided to set up a large number of skill development centres. We are in talks with S. Ramadorai, the former CEO of Tata Consultancy Services and advisor to the Prime Minister in National Council on Skill Development,” he added.

Nerurkar, on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony, added that skills among youths built the foundation for the economy of a region.

The college, built on the existing campus of the six-decades-old St Xavier’s High School at a cost of Rs 3 crore, is affiliated to Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC).

It will offer intermediate education in arts, science and commerce.

Sources in the corporate sustainability services wing of Tata Steel said the skill centres would be set up in public-private partnership (PPP) mode between the state and Tata Steel.

“We are seeking the advice of S. Ramadorai as he is currently chalking out strategies on skill development at a national level. He will advise us on sectors for which training will be provided,” said the source.

The company will also open more ITIs in states such as Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

“We have already started an ITI at Tamar near Ranchi last year and have a functional skill development centre at RD Tata Centre at Golmuri, Jamshedpur, in association with the renowned Nettur Technical Training Foundation. More such centres will be set up in the near future,” Nerurkar added.

The steel major will be running the centres in partnership with stakeholders that are pivotal in enhancing skills of the village youths.