Odisha govt committed to make youth employable: CM


Bhubaneswar, May 11

The Odisha government is committed to make the youth employable, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Reviewing the progress of the Skill Development and Technical Education Department here today, Patnaik said the State government accords highest priority to skill development programmes in Odisha. As per the review, the SD&TE Department has taken number of initiatives to improve the skill ecosystem in the State. A total of 71 government ITIs have been sanctioned in the State, out of which 49 are operational with total intake capacity 17,699 seats. The remaining 22 ITIs are expected to be completed in the current year 2018-19. All 49 government ITIs are now NCVT affiliated. Out of 25 new ITIs opened, 15 are located in KBK districts.  A special ITI for PwD has been set up at Jatni, Khordha for mainstreaming differently-abled youth into productive workforce.

The most significant achievement in the skill sector has been the turnaround in government ITIs. Online system of admission into government ITIs through SAMS has been introduced with effect from 2017-18. Enrolment has registered an appreciable increase to 84 pc from 64 pc for the previous year and the enrolment of girls has more than doubled.

Besides, the department has started skill caravan which is a massive mobilisation campaign in the form of the State Skill Caravan and IEC campaign covering more than 60,000 km in all 30 districts. The campaign was taken up for improving social perception in skilling sector and widely disseminating information on skill development opportunities. In order to boost identity, discipline, self-esteem and pride to carry forward the branding, the government has implemented ‘dress code’ for all the trainees and teachers of government ITIs.

Dual System of Training (DST) has been implemented in 12 ITIs with Industrial hands-on-practices in 13 Industries/PSUs based on annual pattern course curricula developed by NCVT, New Delhi. The Institutes have been supported with the state-of-the-art IT labs and communication labs with leased line net facilities for extensive use of YouTube educational videos, IOT applications, WhatsApp Group, Twitter, Facebook.

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