OSDA, TATA STRIVE Ink MoU For Soft Skills Training In 10 Govt ITIs

**Bhubaneswar: ** Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) represented by the Directorate of Technical Education & Training (TE&T) and Tata Community Initiatives Trust (TCIT) represented by its skill development arm TATA STRIVE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transform employability skills training in ten Government ITIs of Odisha here at the State Secretariat on Friday.

Gracing the special occasion, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his satisfaction for the efforts being put in by OSDA.
“The initiative will help in making ITI students employable and set a precedence for the entire country to follow,” remarked the CM.

He also remarked, “I thank Smt Susmita Bagchi and the Tata Group for spearheading this unique programme focussed on developing the human and social capital of our beautiful state.”

Odisha Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Usha Devi stressed on the various initiatives under the leadership of the Chief Minister who is also the Chairman of OSDA.

She said that the Chief Minister has his special focus on the disadvantaged groups.

Expressing her gratitude for being part of this noble programme, Usha Devi said, “This unique pilot initiative would help in improving employability of ITI students.”

While Commissioner-cum-Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh briefly touched upon the genesis of this noble initiative and the ecosystem available in the state of Odisha to support it, TATA STRIVE Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Anita Rajan through her presentation emphasized on the contribution of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) towards nation building and how the time has come to re-energise them into institutes of excellence.

Notably, the new programme titled “Soft Skills Programme in Odisha ITIs” is an attempt to pioneer ITI reforms through quality employability skills training.