Odisha government launched the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) on Friday and decided to invest Rs 1,000 crore for setting up of eight advanced skill development centres, besides upgrading existing institutes in order to train eight lakh youths in three years.
“We have to leap forward ahead of the present. Three years from now, every graduate of an ITI of the state will be at the forefront of technology. With an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore and loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), eight advanced skill development training institutes will come up in different parts of the state,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
“In the last two years, 3.3 lakh youth in the state have been trained equipping them with employability and self-employment skills. We need to train 8 lakh more in three years from now,” Chief Minister added.
“Our existing ITIs will be paired with them in a hub and spoke model so that their standards in providing high-quality technical training can be jacked up,” said Patnaik.
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Chief Minister said OSDA is adopting a set of 20 goals over next 18 months under different categories.