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Make In Odisha Conclave-2018: WSC To Come Up At Bhubaneswar Aided By Singapore ITEES; 5 More MoUs Inked


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13 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick


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Bhubaneswar: As a part of Make in Odisha Conclave, 2018, the Skill Development and Technical Education Department (SD&TE) has undertaken a large number of activities. A path-breaking MoU was signed between Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) and ITE Educational Services (ITEES), Singapore yesterday in presence of all the leading captains of Indian industry during the plenary session of Make in Odisha Conclave while 5 more MoUs were inked today.

Government of Odisha, in technical collaboration with ITEES, Singapore, shall establish a World Skill Centre (WSC) at Bhubaneswar, which shall impart technical and vocational training of international standards to the youth of our state to make them industry ready and market ready, both nationally and internationally, a press note stated.

Training in most advanced and futuristic trades like mechatronics, vertical mobility, Precision Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Services, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Hair Fashion and Design, Beauty and Wellness, Logistics Services etc. shall be imparted here. Skill Development & Technical Education Commissioner-cum-Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh and Mr Bruce Poh, CEO, ITEES, Singapore signed the MoU on behalf of Government of Odisha and ITEES, Singapore respectively.

OSDA shall procure the 18-storied IDCO tower at Mancheswar to establish this World Skill Centre and shall run it with technical expertise from ITEES, Singapore, who are the world leaders in NET system. The project shall be executed in 'Hub and Spoke' model where the World Skill Centre shall function as the Hub and all Government Ills (71 at present) as its Spokes. 1,51,000 trainees and trainers of this Skill Development initiative are set to create skilled workforce comparable to the best in the world, informed the press note.

Lauding the initiative, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "Now the world shall ask 'Are You Skilled or Skilled in Odisha?"

The Sectoral Session relating to the SD&TE Department based on the theme "Skilled in Odisha: Skilled for Future" was organised today.

This session has the twin objectives. First, to invite high quality employers to the state to get them know that Odisha is creating best skill professionals here. Second, to engage with great skill training institutions to try new ideas and concepts using our resources as a sandbox for innovation, the press note further stated.

Opening the session, Patil Rajesh Pravakar, Director Employment and the CEO, OSDA delivered the welcome address.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SDTE Department, Sanjay Kumar Singh presented Vision of Skill Development in Odisha. In his presentation he delineated a phased approach to build an iconic brand: Skilled in Odisha.

"In a three year period, we want corporate India to make a bee-line to Odisha, not just to hire, but to 'lock-in' talent. In a five year period, we want global preference for Odisha's youth across sectors. Nations of the world will come to Odisha to hire. In long term, Odisha must be recognised as the preferred destination for innovation and storehouse of skilled professionals," he observed.

To fulfill the stated objectives, he outlined the strategy worked out spanning over diverse fields like reaching out to Role Models, changing the uniform by engaging NIFT, enlisting the support of Tata Strive for life skills training, organising Ill Sports Festivals, Leadership Training of 100 ITI Principals at ITE, Singapore, formulating Mission, Vision and Values for Ills, rolling out of Nano-Unicorn program to promote entrepreneurship etc.

The first panel discussion was on Skill Development in Manufacturing Sector and Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, Shobha Mishra Ghosh was the Session Moderator.

Mr Lim Boon Tiong, Director, ITEES, Singapore, Mr Rajeev Bahadaurlya, Director HR, Jindal Steel, Miss Rimjhim Nabh, Head Talent, Suzuki Motors and Mr Rahul Srivastava, AVP, Maruti Suzuki Training Academy participated in the discussion.

The second panel discussion was on Skill Development in Service Sector while Mr D.K. Singh, Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj was the Chairman and Moderator.

He observed that due to emergence of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Nanotechnology, 3D printing, Robotics etc., there has been a radical change in the employment landscape, with an overwhelming difference in the job market and in-demand skills as compared to a decade earlier.

The rapid technological advancement calls out for jobs which require development of technical skill-set, which did not exist earlier. It is, therefore, critical for us to equip our population with an effective education and skilling ecosystem that moulds them to be efficient, employable and entrepreneurial in nature, he observed.

Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director, Asian Development Bank, Mrs Divya Jain, CEO, Safeducate, Capt. T S Ramanujam, CEO, Sector Skill Council, and Dr Chef Avin Thaliath, Founder and Co-Director, Lavonne Academy of Bakery and Pastry Science, Mr Vikas Kohli, Chief Marketing Officer, Vivo Health Care and Mr Srinivasa Rao Pulijala, CEO, Apollo Skills participated in the panel discussion. Mr Balwant Singh, DTE&T, Odisha, Cuttack proposed a vote of thanks.

During the session 5 MoUs were signed with the following organisations:

1: FICCI and OSDA desire to collaborate for creating and strengthening employers' engagement program to promote robust ecosystem of training and recruitment. Under ENGAGE program, FICCI will facilitate and develop a framework for creating awareness about Apprenticeship Training, especially National Apprenticeship Promotion Schenie (NAPS), and engage the Industry across Odisha, facilitate and organize Training of Trainers to strengthen Institutional Capacity and develop a pool of 'skilled master trainers' in Odisha. It will facilitate and integrate 'Career Counselling' in existing Institutions/Training Centers.

2: Schneider Electric India Foundation, Bangalore: Widely known as a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, it will collaborate and align the training infrastructure of Government ITIs in Odisha for the Electrical Programme with industry requirement & expose the trainees to latest technologies & relevant industrial best practices under its CSR interventions. To begin with, the Industry will set up modern electrical labs at Government ITI, Cuttack which will benefit 441 Electrician Trade Trainees of the institute. Government ITI, Berhampur and Hirakud will be supported by the Industry in phased manner.

3: Yess Consultants, Delhi is a well-known Placement Consulting Agency, which will collaborate with Central Placement Cell of DTE&T, Odisha for placement of the students pursuing Diploma Education & ITI Training in reputed organizations.

4: Tech Mahindra Limited, Pune: A Leader of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering & solutions, which will collaborate with Central Placement Cell of DTE&T, Odisha for placement of students pursuing Diploma Education & ITI Training.

5: Employability Bridge / Surgeforth Technologies, Private Ltd, Chennai, a technology integrated ecosystem in the placement linkage area of Automotive, Manufacturing, Electronics, IT & ITES, the Agency will connect trained and assessed candidates with companies for suitable job opportunities and collaborative with Central Placement Cell of DTE&T, Odisha for placement of students pursuing Diploma Education & ITI Training in leading organisations.

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Sanjay Kumar Singh,Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SDTE Department