Odisha Inks MoU, Agreements To Enhance Skill, Employability Of Youth

Bhubaneswar: With the objective of adding new dimensions in skilling and employability for the youth of Odisha, the State government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and two agreements with Tata Strive and Tech Mahindra at the Kharavela Bhawan here.

The MoU and agreements were signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“Our vision is to make Odisha the nucleus of global skilled manpower requirement by enhancing our skill to such a level that all the top industrial houses across the globe rope in our workforce in large numbers,” said Patnaik at the function.

Citing that Odisha boys had shone at the recently held World Skill Competition in Russia, the Chief Minister pointed out that our excellence has been exhibited at the global level.

“We are scaling up our activities to make the youth of Odisha skilled for the globe,” he added.

Patnaik thanked Tata Strive and Tech Mahindra for supporting the State’s endeavour in skilling, technology interventions and in the creation of employment opportunities for the State’s youth.   

The first agreement was signed between the Directorate of Technical Education & Training (DTE&T) and Tata Strive to impart Life Skills to the students of Government-run-ITI.

This will help the students to sharpen their Soft Skills to make them ready for employment in the industries as well as to compete for global placements.

The agreement was signed by Reghu G, Director, DTE&T and Anita Rajan, CEO, Tata Strive. As per the agreement, Life Skill will be imparted to all the 49 Government-run-ITIs of the State.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed with Tech Mahindra and Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), Odisha and College of Engineering & Technologies (CET) to set up a Centre of Excellence in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to work on proof of concept (PoC) on real-life business problems to keep up the market demand and to enhance the employability of the engineering student, CET is the leading the engineering college of the State.

Every year 30 students will get the training in the CoE in the field of AI/ML for a period of 12 months. This initiative will help in creating and enhancing the talent pool in the field of AI/ML.

This is the first-ever CoE in AI space in a Government Engineering College in the State by an industry.

The MoU was signed by B K Mishra, S V P (Global Delivery Head), Tech Mahindra, Prof PK Patra, Principal, CET and H S Behera, Registrar BPUT.

The third agreement was signed between IDCO and Tech Mahindra to set up a state-of-the-art facility to start its operations for International BPO operations for Fortune-500 Global customers to be serviced from Fortune Towers, Bhubaneswar.

This facility will provide additional employment in the BPO sector for the State which will help the Skilled-in-Odisha youth seeking an opportunity in International BP0 sector without leaving their home State.

The agreement was signed by Pratap Pattnaik, Manager Corporate Services, Tech Mahindra and Rabindra Jha, CGM (P&C), IDCO.

From Tech Mahindra side Sujit Bakshi (President Corporate Affairs), B K Mishra, (SVP, Global Delivery Head), Mukund Korman (Global Head AI & Automation) along with other local leaders from their Bhubaneswar centre joined the event.

On this occasion Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), Subroto Bagchi said  “We are extremely delighted with the quality of partners who are now coming forward to work in Odisha. Tata Strive and Tech Mahindra share our philosophy that skills must lead to human transformation. We welcome them to our State.”

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister, Industries, Odisha

Premanada Nayak, Minister, SD &TE, Odisha

Sanjay Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SD & TE Department, Odisha