BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated World Skill Center (WSC), a premier advance skill training institute, at Mancheswar Industrial area here. It is established under the Odisha Skill Development Project assisted by the Asian Development Bank with ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore as knowledge partner.
WSC, which is being set up at a budget of nearly Rs 1342.2 crore, will run long-term manufacturing and services programmes for the best ITI and polytechnic students of the state. It will serve as a centre for capacity building for ITI and polytechnic teachers.
This center is ready start the first set of courses in areas like refrigeration and air conditioning, mechanical and electrical services, vertical transportation, precision engineering, mechatronics and electrical technology. It will also offer a few other courses in the services sectors like hair fashion and design and beauty and wellness.
Official sources said the WSC will act as the nodal agency for preparing Odisha’s youth for the World Skills Competition. It will also function as the Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs.
Naveen while inaugurating the center said his state has made rapid strides in skill development in the last five years. “We have created new avenues for our youth to compete with their counterparts anywhere. Our aim is to meet their aspirations, to make them globally employable,” he said, adding, “WSC will significantly accelerate this endeavor by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at global level.”
Subroto Bagchi, chairman OSDA, highlighted the achievements of ‘Skilled-in-Odisha’ during the last five years and stressed on expanding the skill development efforts to reach every village. He also said that the state will create Odisha Skill Vision 2030 and the same will guide future efforts of all implementing departments.
Among others, Skill development and technical education minister Premananda Nayak, state chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, DG of Asian Development Bank Kenichi Yokoyama, ITEES Singapore CEO Bruce Poh, skill development and technical education secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh and industry leaders were present.