Odisha gets India’s first ‘Skill Development Institute’ (SDI) in Bhubaneswar.
The SDI, which was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has been set up by Indian Oil Corporation Limited with support from other Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the ministry.
“Centre is ready to invest Rs 500 crore for setting up the permanent campus of SDI which would be a centre of excellence. The State Government has been requested to provide 100 acres land for this purpose,” Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, said.
The temporary facility of Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Mancheswar Industrial Estate, is equipped to impart training on two (welding and electrician) out of 34 trades identified by experts.
The SDI will have an intake capacity of 180 students in both trades for two sessions per year. Each course will span over six months with 45 students. Soft skills like Spoken English and personality development training will also be part of the curriculum.
Addressing the occasion, Naveen said less than five per cent of the workforce in the country have received any formal skill development training.
“I am confident, the institute with its focus on imparting skill training in trades relevant to the downstream petroleum and petrochemicals sector will boost skilled manpower supply for the nation,” the CM said.