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March 22, 2018

Private sector role in skill development to go up in Chhattisgarh

Raipur :  The Chhattisgarh Government will be aggressively seeking private sector participation for  imparting skill development training to the youth in Livelihood colleges of the State, officials informed.

There is limited participation of the private sector in skill development space in Chhattisgarh, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) had observed in its recent study report. Notably, the NSDC had got carried out a ‘skill gap study’ for the State of Chhattisgarh’ recently.

The NSDC in its recommendation had advised the State government  to form ‘State-level Industry-Vocational Education Council’ in collaboration with existing industry bodies. Under the tie-up, the industry bodies could be tasked with facilitation of industry participation in design and delivery of courses and skill development programmes, it has advised. It also recommended Employee satisfaction survey with on/off campus companies. The NSDC advised facilitation of two-way sabbatical /exchange programme between industry and ITIs to address issue of industry orientation of faculty.

District-level incremental manpower requirements estimation indicates that the districts of Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh account for around 47 per cent of the manpower requirement with most incremental demand to be generated in sectors such as Agriculture, manufacturing( mineral and metal based), building an construction, mining and quarrying and trade ( wholesale and retail), it had observed in its report.

In terms of manpower supply, the estimated incremental supply over the aforesaid period is around 34.27 lakh. The proportion of incremental supply of skilled manpower is 55 per cent compared to 27 per cent of semi skilled and 18 per cent of skilled manpower ( 2012-22).

During the period 2012-22, the incremental demand supply of the State to be a surplus of  about 3.83 lakhs i.e. the State will have excess of incremental manpower supply. While a shortage of manpower is likely to be expected across semi-skilled (0.72 lakhs) segment, an excess supply is estimated in the skilled (1.34 lakhs) and minimally skilled (3.21 lakhs segment), it observed.

Meanwhile, for all-round development of college students, the State Government will be launching ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Jeevan Kaushal Vikas Karyakram’ (Chief Minister Life Skills Development Programme) for College Youth. This programme will be started from upcoming academic session, officials informed.

It is noteworthy that objective of this scheme is to enhance employability of college students, and improve their confidence level as well as creative competitive skills.

Under this scheme, students will be trained in English language, computer education and behavioural skills. This will improve their employability to greater extent. This scheme will be implemented under National Higher Education Campaign.

As per the instructions of State Government, implementation of this scheme will commence from upcoming academic session, for which State Project Office has issued necessary guidelines to all the Collectors under National Higher Education Campaign.

The Chhattisgarh government would also be setting up a Project Management Unit (PMU) for proper implementation of the ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana’. The project is a major initiative taken by Chhattisgarh government to improve placement rates of fresh college graduates of three and four year degree courses in IT and ITeS sectors, officials informed.

The program envisages providing training to students in such areas of aptitude that are required to successfully navigate the selection process of IT and BPM employers and secure placement. The training will be designed with a view to imparting in-demand skills and abilities in contemporary employment market.

The training will be delivered by leading trainers who will also make necessary arrangements for the employment opportunities for placing a minimum of 60% of the total students undergoing the training program.

Notably, the Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), the nodal agency of Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Chhattisgarh recently invited technical and financial proposals from reputed Consultants of National and International repute to act as the Project Management Unit (PMU) and undertake responsibility of implementing the “Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana”.

The Chhattisgarh government will also soon launch an “Online Learning Platform” (OLP) to enable imparting of ‘Virtual Education’ in the State . The Chhattisgarh Infotech & Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), the nodal agency of Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology of the State government will be implementing the project, officials informed.

The OLP– a web-based software application for learning management will be deployed at Chhattisgarh State Data Centre in Raipur. The services from the Online Learning Platform are to be provided to Schools, ITIs and Common Service Centres (CSCs) and to the students studying in various schools and colleges in Chhattisgarh.

It may be recalled that the State government had also recently launched an online portal for enabling online admissions in more than 214 colleges including universities in Chhattisgarh.

Notably, the State Higher Education Department in collaboration with CHiPS has developed a software titled ‘Software Empowerment through Technology Utilization)’ (SETU) which would enable online admissions in colleges.

Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey who was present during the launch of the online portal which was launched by Governor Balramji Das Tandon had stated that the online facility would benefit as many as 2 lakh students seeking admissions in various colleges.

The software incorporates the ‘best practice’ of states like  Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, he had stated.

Note: News shared for public awareness with reference from the information provided at online news portals.

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