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Dharmendra Pradhan bets big on Skilling

Interview based Positive Journalism Bhubaneswar Odisha

Banking on skill development as the key tool to unlock a better tomorrow, Union minister for petroleum & natural gas and skill development has unveiled a massive plan to open an ITI at every block across the country.

“We will have to focus on adapting ourselves to skill education along with conventional education. We would want support from all states for the same. Only skill development can change the future of the country,” he said at the recent State Skill Development Ministers’ Conference.

In a bid to improve skill development, Pradhan said the Centre aims to ensure one   Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in every block of the country by the end of 2018, and upgrade these skill institutions with market-relevant skills.

“Industrial Training Institutes played a vital role in economic development of the country, especially in terms of supplying skilled manpower to industries. We have focused extensively on modernisation of our institutes. It is our endeavour to establish at least one ITI in each block of the country by end of 2018,” he said.

On the vocational training front, Pradhan said it is imperative that the central and state governments work in close coordination to ensure that relevant issues are addressed, and gaps, if any, are identified and tackled.

Centre and State governments should work closely to ensure a paradigm shift in addressing the issues relevant to skill development and identify the gaps in skill development, so as to achieve the objectives in terms of quantity, quality, outreach, and mobility while building this largest human resource exercise that we have undertaken. The States should align themselves to reforms being done to our central initiatives like Pradha Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).”

The conference witnessed the launch of new courses for ITIs for India’s youth, as an endeavour to promote emerging skill areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data Analytics, and 3D Printing, which would be in high demand globally in the coming days.

During his Odisha visit on last Saturday, Pradhan inaugurated the the Skill-cum-Common Facility Centre for Filigree Craftsman here on Saturday.

Under the Skill-cum-Common Facility Centre, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Gems and Jewellery Skill Council of India, in association with EduJobs Academy, are setting up the state of the art training facility for filigree artisans to transform the folk art form of gems and jewellery.

In a bid to help the artisans become self-sustainable, training on marketing strategies, including e-commerce will be provided at the centre, which will also provide the artisans with an opportunity to upgrade their skills and open a window to connect with the global expo market.

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