BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Friday announced constitution of Odisha Skill Development Authority and appointed Mindtree co-founder Subroto Bagchi as its chairman.
“The government of Odisha is starting the Odisha Skill Development Authority to guide, implement, coordinate and oversee all skill development programmes in the state to ensure quality skill training standards and sustained employability of trained youths, with an objective to produce outstanding skilled workforce comparable to the best in the world though this,” said a release.
Bagchi, who was born in Patnagarh of Odisha, will be given cabinet minister rank and other facilities. He will prepare a detailed report for enhancing the skills of youths in the state.
Accepting the invitation of the state, Bagchi said, “I am deeply humbled and honored to serve my motherland. This is the State that nourished me. Now it is time to give back”.
Bagchi will draw a salary of Rupees 1 per year for his services to the state. He will begin his work with a visit to all the 30 districts of the state to get a first-hand understanding of the initiatives on the ground and submit his recommendations based on which, a detailed program will be worked out .
“Odisha Skill Development Authority will unify the initiatives on the ground and create momentum for thousands of young boys and girls of the state to receive skill training in a truly professional manner so that they are valued in the national and international job market. This will benefit their families across Odisha, bringing them better and more secure livelihoods,” said the chief minister.
Krishnakumar, executive chairman of Mindtree, expressed his great joy at the development and said, “The entire Mindtree family is very proud and excited that Subroto is going to serve a hugely important initiative. He has the unique capability to drive large scale change and we wish him the very best.”