Two skill development centres known as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK), funded by Union ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE), were inaugurated in the capital city and Dhenkanal district simultaneously on Sunday.
These Kaushal Kendras or skill development centres will provide vocational training to unemployed youths (starting from under matric to graduate) free of cost. The centres are providing training on subjects like electronics (mobile phone hardware technician), beauty and wellness (beauty therapist), IT-ITES (data entry operator), apparel (self-employed tailor), automotive (light motor vehicle driver), Telecom (Instore promoter) and retail (sales associate).
The centres will also help the students to get employment in different sectors across the country. National skill development corporation (NSDC) is the implementation agency for the project.
A Kaushal Kendra at Palasuni in the city was inaugurated by Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Kumar Patasani. The centre is managed by Datapro Computers Private Limited. “We will provide training to 3,000 youths of Khurda district every year,” said Datapro Computer’s regional manager Sudhansu Routray.
Another centre was inaugurated at Dhenkanal by local MP Tathagata Satpathy and mines minister Prafulla Kumar Mallik. It is managed by IACM Smart Learn Limited.
The union government has planned to establish visible and aspirational model training centres in every district of the country. This centre will provide training to 2,000 youths every year on different vocational subjects, said Mallik.
He said the trained youths can get employment in different industries located in Dhenkanal and Angul district. “The training will help the youths, who have no proper educational degrees and want to get skill to eke out a living. The youths can set up their shops or work for different firms after getting training from here,” he added.
Both the centres will provide training to 5,000 youths altogether annually in Khurda and Dhenkanal districts.
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