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January 19, 2018

Punjab Government to open 200 Rural Skill Centers


Chandigarh : In a major initiative to empower youth with skills and livelihood, the Punjab government has set up five Multi Skill Development Centres (MSDCs) at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda and three Health Sector Skill Development Centres (HSDCs) at Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot, which have capacity to train 12000-15000 students annually.

A spokesperson for the government said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Partap Rudy will inaugurate Nanhi Chhaa Skill Centre at Salani village in Fatehgarh Sahib, Rural Skill Centre at Gehri Mandi in Amritsar, Multi Skill Development Centre in Ludhiana and Multi Skill Development Centre in Amritsar on November 13.

The spokesperson said these centres have been set up on the premises of ITIs, industrial estates, medical colleges to provide conducive environment for skill training. Each centre has 20,000 to 30,000 sq ft built up area for the institute along with hostel for boys and girls.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure will ensure quality training and will inspire youth to take up skill training program. National-level reputed training partners have been selected to operate and manage these centres on PPP mode for 10 years. The Multi Skill Development Centres will provide training in various trades such as apparel, electrical, automotive & engineering, telecom, banking & financial services, healthcare, transport logistics and warehousing, hospitality, food processing and retail.

The Health Sector Skill Development Centres will provide training in various trades such as General Duty assistant, Home Health aide, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, vision technician, diabetes educator and dietician assistant.

The spokesperson added that the state government has also taken a unique initiative of setting up of 200 Rural Skill Centres to provide skill training at the door steps of rural youth. These Rural Skill centres are located on the premises of government high/senior secondary schools across the State with at least one Rural Skill Centres in each block.

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

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