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Odisha Recognised By Europe India Foundation As Best State In Rural Skill Development

01 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: Europe India Foundation for Excellence has awarded Odisha as the Best State in Rural Skill Development in Global Skill Development Meet organised at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. For quality training and innovations, Odisha has been designated as National Resource Organisation in Deendayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushala Yojana (DDUGKY).

Odisha has already been recognised as the 'Best Skilling State' for commendable performance in skill development in 2016-17 and 2017-18 under DDUJKY by the Union Government.

Reviewing the progress of skilling and placement under DDUGKY, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy today directed Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) to intensify the motivational activities at village level through contact with potential households having drop out children.

Tripathy also advised to focus on high retention level in different training programmes. At a high-level meeting held at the Lok Seva Bhavan on Tuesday, it was decided that individual candidate wise tracking and follow-up would be taken up from the level of household to training, employment, and post-employment status for one year.

The Chief Secretary directed to set up three new Migration Support Centres at Hyderabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar for facilitation and post-placement support. Presently, three MSCs are operating at Tirupur, Bengaluru and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan. These centres register the skilled youths migrating for job, organise health camps for them, provide them legal literacy and emergency support.

A three-year action plan from 2019-22 was discussed in the meeting. Target was fixed to train around 1.5 lakh youths within 3 years under placement linked programmes of DDUGKY with a financial outlay of Rs 1546 crore. Out of this 50,000 youths would be trained in 2019-20. Chief Executive Officer of ORMAS Smruti Ranjan Pradhan apprised that in 2018-19 Odisha occupied first position in the country by training 41,308 youths from among whom 31,698 were provided placement in organised sector.

Review showed that against the target of training 50,000 youths during the current fiscal, so far 20,213 youths were trained till September 27. Presently, 144 skill training centres are operating throughout Odisha in apparel, IT & ITES, Electrical, Retail, Tourism and Hospitality, Construction, Healthcare, Automotive, Electronics, Management, Logistics & Supply Chain sectors.

The training period for different courses varies from three to 12 months. Fooding, lodging and logistic support is provided to the trainees free of cost under this programme. ORMAS is functioning as the nodal agency for carrying forward the programme in Odisha.

Chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority Subroto Bagchi, Principal Secretary Skill Development Sanjay Singh and senior officials were present in the meeting.