Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated World Skill Centre (WSC), a premier advance skill training institute at Bhubaneswar on Friday.
World Skill Centre is being set up at a budget of nearly Rs 1342.2 crores.
World Skill Centre is being modelled around leading TVET Institute, ITE (Institute of Technical Education) Singapore and seeks inspiration from World Skills, Russia and GIFTS (Global Institute for Transferring Skills), South Korea.
WSC is being established under Odisha Skill Development Project assisted by the Asian Development Bank with ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore as knowledge partner.
The Chief Minister said, “Odisha 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 also said that Government is intensely investing in the future of youth by creating infrastructure and mechanism for making them future ready.
World Skill Centre will significantly accelerate this endeavor by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at Global level, he added.
Premananda Nayak, Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education, Subroto Bagchi Chairman, OSDA, SC Mohapatra, Chief Secretary, Kenichi Yokoyama, DG, Asian Development Bank, Bruce Poh CEO ITEES, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner cum Secretary, SD & TE and industry leaders were also present during the event.
Subroto Bagchi, Chairman OSDA highlighted the achievements of “Skilled-in-Odisha” during the last five years and the emphasized the need to expand skill development efforts to the next level, reaching every village.
He emphasized the need for a holistic approach in providing better opportunities for skill development to make our children aware of career choices and youth globally employable.
He also said that State will create Odisha Skill Vision 2030 and the same will guide future efforts of all implementing departments.
World Skill Centre is being set up at a budget of nearly Rs.1342.2 crores. It would run long-term manufacturing and services programmes as a Finishing School for the best among the ITI and Polytechnic students as well as serve as a centre for capacity building for ITI and Polytechnic teachers.
The World Skill Centre is ready to roll out the first set of courses in areas like Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Mechanical & Electrical Services, Vertical Transportation, Precision Engineering, Mechatronics, and Electrical Technology along with a few other courses in the services sectors like Hair Fashion & Design and Beauty & Wellness.
The World Skill Centre is going to be the nodal agency for preparing Odisha’s youth for the World Skills Competition. The other key role for WSC will be to act as Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs.
Finally, the World Skill Centre will be Nodal agency of the state for State Chapter of World Skills and will prepare Odisha’s youth for global glory.