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3 Skill Development Schemes Running in Himachal to Train 1 Lakh Youth to get Employment : Govt

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Skill Development Schemes Running in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla- Three Skill Development Schemes are running in Himachal Pradesh with an aim to train about one lakh youth of the state to get employment, the government said. These schemes include Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Project (HPSDP), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Kaushalya Vikas Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). 

Under these schemes, about one lakh youth from the State will be trained to get employment, the government claimed.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, the first instalment of Rs. 21.56 crore has been received. This will provide employment skills to about 50,000 youth. Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) has been entrusted with the task of training 22 training service providers.

About 22000 youths are being given training. About 2340 trainees have completed training, and 341 trainees have also been given employment, the government claimed.

With the help of HPKVN, a graduate (vocational) program is being run by the Higher Education Department. About 824 students have registered under this program in the academic session 2017-18, and 1010 students have registered themselves in the year 2018-19.

The government further informed that HPKVAN has started ‘Graduate Add-on’ program to provide training to students of 10 Government Degree Colleges. As many as 750 students attended this session and 1,500 students will be trained in 2019-2020.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for the five-year Skill Development Project of Rs. 650 crore with Asian Development Bank on March 28, 2018. During the year 2019-20, approximate budget for HPSDP Scheme would be Rs. 156 crore, it was informed.

Under this project, skill of more than 23000 youth will be developed, 50 ITIs will be upgraded, 6 urban livelihood centres and 7 rural livelihood centres will be opened, the government claimed.

During the year 2019-20, it is expected that approximately 31,800 Himachali Youth will be enrolled for skill training with HPKVN. HPKVN under its ADB program will be conducting short term training of 3000 candidates in seven sectors namely Automobile, Manufacturing, Power, Construction and Plumbing, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Information Technology-Information Technology Enabled Services (IT-ITes) and Electronics sectors.

Under this project of Asian Development Bank, the construction work of the Model Career Center, Hamirpur, Government Women Polytechnic College, Rehan, Urban Livelihood Center, Shamshi, Urban Livelihood Center, Sunder Nagar and Urban Livelihood Center, Nahan started by Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam, the government informed.

Construction work of Rural Livelihood Center, Sadyana in Mandi district and Rural Livelihood Center, Chopal and Pragatinagar in Shimla District have also started.

The government said that HPKVN has launched ‘Nav Dharaana’ – a livelihood based training programme for persons with disabilities for nurturing employment and entrepreneurship skills amongst the differently-abled persons. During 2019-2020, approximately 300 Person with Disability will be trained in Retail, Hospitality, Agriculture and Food Processing sectors.

B.Voc. Program is a joint effort of HPKVN and Department of Higher Education, being run in 12 Government colleges of the State in 2 sectors (Retail and Hospitality) from the academic year 2017-18.

Presently more than 1700 students are enrolled in the degree program. From the new session, 6 more colleges and 2 new sectors, i.e. IT and BFSI is being planned to be introduced. A total enrollment of students shall reach approximately 4,000.

As Himachal has a great potential for Handicrafts and Handloom, under PMKVY, HPKVN will enrol 5,000 youths in 8 crafts through the engagement of master craftsman as trainers. Training, designing, hand-holding, participation in trade fairs and marketing will be incorporated in this programme for sustainable livelihood of the artisans.

In the Districts of Una, Kangra, Bilaspur where tourism and handicraft opportunities are minimal, HPKVN is planning a Women Entrepreneurship program incorporating creation and capacity development of self-help groups for 3,000 women in these districts.

The total cost of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is Rs. 133.60 crores and the Project Implementing Agencies will have to give assured wage employment to at least 70% of total trained rural poor youth.

Training is being provided in trades like Retail, Iron & Steel, Tourism, Green Skill, Telecom, Health Care, Electrical, Tourism, Security, Automotive, Life Sciences and Electrical in different parts of the state. A total target of 15000 youth to be trained has been set under the scheme out of which 2787 youth has already being trained.

The decision to convert all Employment Centers into Skill Identification Centers and Ideal Career Counseling Centers has also been taken. It will increase opportunities for employment and placement by counselling the youth, the government said.

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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