Tripartite agreement for soft skill programme in Odisha ITIs


Bhubaneswar: A tripartite agreement was on Friday signed for implementation of soft skill programme in Odisha ITIs.

The agreement was signed between Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), Tata STRIVE of Tata Community Initiatives Trust (TCIT) and Susmita Bagchi, a noted writer.

“The initiative will help in making ITI students employable and set a precedent for the entire country to follow,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Through this Tata STRIVE-Bagchi soft skill training programme, the youth development module of Tata STRIVE which primarily covers all aspects of employability skill subject shall be implemented in 10 selected ITIs covering 800 trainees over a period of two years.

The funds required to the tune of Rs 8 crore for implementation of the soft skill module will be leveraged on the basis of 50% by Tata-STRIVE under CSR interventions in Odisha and balance 50% by Susmita Bagchi.

There is philanthropist consortium between Tata-STRIVE and Susmita Bagchi, noted Odia writer and eminent philanthropist and wife of Chairman, OSDA.

The state government has decided to increase the intake capacity of State-run ITIs by 5,000 seats in next two years.
“At present, the state has 49 government ITls with intake capacity of 17,699 seats. At least 21 new Government ITls are in the process of constructing which will add about 5,000 seats over a period of next two years,” said Patnaik.