Bhubaneswar: The permanent campus of Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Bhubaneshwar was dedicated to the nation by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday.
The event also witnessed the Bhumi Pujan of the permanent campus of ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology)-IOC (IndianOil) Bhubaneshwar.
IndianOil is steering SDI-Bhubaneswar as a ‘Greenfield Mega Model Multi Skilling Institute’ and has contributed Rs 255 crore for setting up this Institute. IndianOil has planned a further investment of additional Rs 80 crore.
The permanent campus of SDI, located at Jatni Tahsil of Khurda district, has been built over an area of 16 acres allotted by the Government of Odisha.
The institute envisages world-class industry-based skill training using state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to create an industry-ready talent pool. Over the next ten years, SDIB aims to strengthen the Government of India’s Skill India and Purvodaya mission by training more than 50,000 trainees in multidisciplinary courses through its new campus.
ICT-IOC was founded to enrich the nation’s technical education and is presently operating from Samantapuri, Bhubaneswar. IndianOil has contributed Rs 95 crore in nurturing this institute that is offering multiple courses, including MTech, Executive MTech, Integrated M Tech, and PhD.
The Government of Odisha has allotted 111.79 acres of land in Delang Tahsil, and in the first phase, 73.86 acres of land has been allotted. ICT-IOC aims to benefit society through skill development, employment generation, and rural development.
Speaking on occasion, the Chief Minister said, “I am happy to note that the SDI Bhubaneswar is going to start operating from their new permanent campus in Bhubaneswar. I hope this institute will excel and provide training and placement support to the youth of Odisha. I am also delighted to note that the construction of ICT-IOC’s new permanent campus is going to begin on the land provided by the State Government of Odisha. The institute is known for its brilliant academic record and is expected to provide higher-order technical education and research facilities in chemical technologies and the allied sector. Odisha has seen phenomenal growth in the industrial sector in recent years”.
Elaborating on the Government of India’s focus on skilling the Indian youth, Union Skill and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said skill development of the new generation is a national need and the foundation of Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Pradhan said, Skill Development Institute, Bhubaneswar is ready in full shape and feature and gets dedicated to the nation to inspire and make the youth future ready.
Union Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri remarked, “To increase efficacy, it is imperative that our youth is exposed to the latest technologies and are given a conducive environment to innovate. We must also provide them with opportunities to explore the unexplored by leveraging their talent, zeal and hard work. SDI Bhubaneswar has successfully delivered such a platform to the youth, and many students have already benefitted. The Oil & Gas sector has been an integral part of the nation’s growth, and I believe, with the Oil PSUs efforts and support to such remarkable skilling initiatives like establishing SDIs, the country would attain new heights and glories. I wish to see SDI securing a top spot among all the Mega Model Skill Academies that are presently being nurtured across India”.
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas RameswarTeli, in his speech, said, “I would also like to compliment the Oil & Gas sector for providing employable skills through Skill Development Institutes like this that also offer placement opportunities besides encouraging entrepreneurship and self-employment. This Institute will be run professionally with the courses aligned with global standards and is expected to benchmark various skill training processes. I am confident that this Institute will become a shrine for all best skilling practices and innovations”.
Speaking during the occasion, Chairman IndianOil Shrikant Madhav Vaidya commented, “Skill India Mission is leveraging India’s rich demographic dividend. Driving that mission forward, the Energy PSUs of India, under the guidance of the Petroleum Ministry, have undertaken major endeavours to strengthen the skilling infrastructure in the country. IndianOil is proud to have been given the opportunity to steer this Mega Model Skill Academy of International standards.”