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Himachal’s Skill Development Project benefiting lakhs of youth, B.Voc (vocational) courses in colleges soon: HP Govt.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presided over a Skill Conclave at Peterhoff and in his statement he informed State Govt.’s efforts and map to provide the youth of Himachal with necessary skills to find direct or indirect employment with leading industrial houses and open avenues of self employment.

He said that a budget outlay of Rs. 100 crore have been provided for the Skill Development Allowance Scheme for 2016-17. He said that State government has started vocational education in 500 schools where 35 thousand students are learning various trades.

In his statement, the CM said that State Government had established HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam to synergise skill and livelihood training programmes of different departments for the youth. The State government has also initiated Rs. 640 crore ADB funded HP Skill Development Project with an objective of improvement in employment opportunities for youth in the State..

I am happy to know that Kaushal Vikas Nigam has signed several memorandum of understanding on Skill development with various industrial organisations withan aim to increase employment opportunities

said Virbhadra Singh. .

The statement further said that one lakh youth in the State are being provided high quality industrial oriented training through various programmes linked with placement and self employment. 

Pilot Training Programme to Benefit 1080 youths from 6 Districts

The CM further briefed that present the HPKVN has rolled out its Pilot Training Programme, wherein 7 TSP’s that would provide training to about 1080 youths from 6 districts in the listed 8 sectors viz. the Kangra (Retail & Hospitality), Solan (Textiles & Life Sciences), Shimla (IT/ITes), Mandi (Furniture & Fittings), Nahan-Paonta (Automobile) & Kullu (Hospitality).

He said that Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam has developed a web based MIS system, for monitoring of daily attendance of students.

Later, Chief Minister interacted with the trainees and industrialists through Video-conferencing and those present in Peterhoff.

ACS (Finance &Planning), Shrikant Baldi said that Himachal Pradesh would be the first state to start B.Voc (vocational) courses in the colleges soon. High quality training would be imparted to ensure placement in industrial houses.

Four MoUs were signed with Habib International, Auto Sector Skill Council, with HRTC and KHKVN (Tripartite), Reliance (Retails) and Usha International today, for providing employment to trainees after  they complete their training.

MD, Kaushal Vikas informed that the Nigam is upgrading 52 ITIs from State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT) to National Council Vocational Training (NCVT) so that all the NSQF aligned training is given to the trainees.

The CM urged all industry members, associations and Sector Skill Councils to actively consider associating with Kaushal Vikas Nigam with them, so that the training efforts of the Nigam are seamlessly integrated to industrial requirements.

In his statement, the CM claimed that Skill Development Allowance Scheme are being successfully implemented in the State and has benefitted over one lakh youth.

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