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HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam office inaugurated with an assurance of livelihood support to 70% unemployed, unskilled youth

SHIMLA-Vikramaditya Singh, Director of BoD,Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN), on Thursday officially inaugurated the HPKVN office at Software Technology Park of India, SDA Complex in Shimla.  The government claims to have set a target to extend employment support to 65000 youth of the State during coming next five years.

For achieve this target, flagship training program would be introduced. An ambitious Asian Development Bank aided project of Rs. 650 crore would be be implemented. The ratio of finances would be at 80:20 and the State government has already provided its Rs. 130 crore share, claimed HPKVN.

The office would be a centre of fulfilling the aspirations of thousands of youth of State, claims the State Government.

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Objectives of the Project

HPKVN, as it claims, envisions at increasing the capacity and capability of the system to deliver quality skill training and professional knowledge to the youth to enhance the employability and bridge the skill deficit with a view to meet ongoing market demand of skilled manpower.

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As per HPKVN, it will prepare a roadmap for skill development, training and employment for students passing out from higher secondary level, school dropouts, unskilled workers, unemployed youth, informal sector workers, women, differently abled and other disadvantaged groups. Skill training and quality vocational training would remain the major thrust of the Nigam.

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Managing Director, HPKVN Rajesh Sharma talking to media during inauguration of the office

The State had its distinct handloom and handicrafts which are at the verge of extinction and the major focus. Therefore, major focus would be given on its revival and make it economically viable by providing training to the rural youth in this field. To impart trainings, seven Rural Livelihood Centers has been set up across the State, claims government. Further, 11 employment exchanges will be upgraded into model career centers.

After Kerala and Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh is the leading State in the country in skill development of the youth, claims the government.

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Further, the State plans a Centre of Excellence at the State headquarters Shimla.  A Business Advisory Committee is already analyzing the markets for providing employment to the skilled youth of the State.

Entrepreneurship, the statement claims, should be a major focus and a separate skill may be devised for entrepreneur development and lining it with start-up progrmmes of the Industries department.

Managing Director, HPKVN Rajesh Sharma said that the institutes that are not imparting training as per national parameters and requirements would be closed. MD said that the entire training is free and the State Government is bearing all the expenses. However, it is a big challenge before the Nigam to prepare the youth for adopting training course as most of the youth intends to get government jobs.

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HPKVN MD  informed that the Nigam will ensure employment to at least 70 percent trained youth. The Nigam will also ensure counseling to students and parents as well at their door-steps to prepare the youth for vocational training.

He claimed as many as 50 ITIs of the State affiliated with SCVT has now been affiliated with National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) and equipments as per the norms have also been provided. He said a Model Career Centre has also come up in Una and similar Centers would be established in all other districts.

Vice Chairman of HPKVN Yashwant Chhajta, General Managers, HPKVN Saxena and Bhuvan Sharma were also present on the occasion.

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