Dharmendra Pradhan lays foundation stone for NSTI Plus

Bhubaneswar: In order to realize the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ‘Skill India – Skilled India’, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched a new National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) Plus at Jatni, Bhubaneswar.

The foundation stone of this NSTI Plus was laid by the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan. This NSTI Plus will be equipped with world-class modern and new-age skills.

Other dignitaries present at the event included Preeti Ranjan Gharai, Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education, Government of Odisha, Aparajita Sarangi, MP, Bhubaneswar, Munna Khan, Rajya Sabha MP, Suresh Kumar Routray, Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly, Secretary of AICTE Atul Kumar Tiwari, Director General of Training (DGT) Trishaljit Sethi and Chairman of AICTE  T.G. Sitaram.

On the occasion of laying the foundation stone of NSIT, the Union Minister said, as per the opinion of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, if the same priority is given to the skills of the students along with the regular course-based education, then the education will be complete in all the aspects.

“With the vision of our PM Narendra Modi, skill development was given a lot of importance since 2015, and by 2047 India will be a leading country in the skill sector,” he said.

To inspire the youth, Pradhan said that the upcoming youth can identify themselves by proper skills and can lead the country towards a new dimension. If the less educated get a proper vocational training, they will be able to sustain themselves for life.

NSTI Plus is proposed on 7.8 acres at Jatni, Bhubaneswar. The state of the art NSTI Plus will be a versatile skill center for Odisha and a vital and integrated campus for future entrepreneurs. This institute will also focus on high quality skill training. Under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, programs will be run on the lines of the ongoing training programs for school teachers by IIT. Along with this, NSTI Plus will play an important role in developing emerging start-ups, incubation centers and versatile hubs.

There are a total of 33 NSTIs across the country. These NSTIs are providing vocational education and skill training to the youth of the country. Out of these, a total of 19 NSTIs are focused on imparting skill training to women. NSTI Plus will play an important role in providing long term and short term skill training. Along with this, master trainers will also be prepared in modern areas as per the demand of the industry in NSTI Plus.

A target has been set to train about 500 trainers under long-term CITS training in NSTI Plus. Another 500 trainers will also be included for upskilling and re-skilling. NSTI will act as a training center for assessors to bridge the gap between training and assessment outcomes.

Apart from this, this institute will also provide modern training facilities to engineers, supervisors, technicians, executives and people working in various workshops so that they can be made skilled as per the demand of the industries. There will also be arrangements for training in new-age courses for ITI students in this campus. Similarly, the curriculum, training and modules running in NSTI Plus are being prepared in collaboration with industry experts.

International Skill India Center will also get a place within these NSTI Plus. These will act as important hubs for conducting quality training bootcamps for Skill India participants. Industry and Sector Skill Council (SSC) will be involved in this partnership. Industry participation will be developed from the inception of NSTI, which will contribute to the development of infrastructure and selection of courses.

This important initiative aims to promote local entrepreneurship in sync with national campaigns like ‘Make in India’. Apart from this, there is a provision in NSTI to provide certification opportunity through IGNOU and NIOS centres. Its objective is to strengthen the local economy. Through all these initiatives, this nectar generation of the country will be able to build a better and developed India by associating itself with the Skill India Mission.