Chandigarh/Mohali, December, 6:
The Punjab Government has tied up with Canadian states and UK to set up skill centres in the state under joint ventures as part of a project set to be launched next year.
This was announced by Punjab Technical Education & Employment Generation Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, while addressing a special session on ‘Mera Hunar Meri Shan’ during the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit here today at ISB Campus.
The Minister disclosed that international players were joining hands with the state government
to set up skill centres to provide skill training to youth as per the needs of the Global Industry. He said that in this joint venture, the foreign players would be the training facilitators and Punjab government would provide infrastructure. This project would be launched in the year 2020 and the Punjab Government had already signed an agreement in this regard with Canadian states and UK, he added.
There is a big shortage of skilled manpower across the globe and Punjab has the potential to meet this shortage by providing quality, demand-driven skilled manpower to the global Industry as per their needs, said Channi, adding that the state government has taken lead in this sector by revising the syllabus of the vocational and polytechnic courses, as per the present and futuristic technological requirements of the Industry. Besides this, Punjab has also set up a system to provide skill training to youth with the involvement of Industry, as per their need and demand, he said.
The minister invited industrial houses to set up skill centres and Centres of Excellence within their industrial units in the State to provide demand-driven skill training. He said that with this collaboration the Industry would get quality skilled manpower and the training fee of the students would be paid by the Government.
Panelists who participated in the session included Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC; Satinder Satti, CEO The-Shelters; Monika, CEO Beauty & Wellness, Sector Skill Council; Jaideep, CEO Vidyanta Skill: Sandeep Kaura, Advisor Skill Mission Punjab and JD Giri Director Shahi Exports Private limted.
The panellists shared their views on the role of the National Skill Development Council, upliftment of Skilling in the Media Sector, role of skilling in empowerment of women, skilling of youth for overseas employment opportunities and skilling of female youth for apparel Industry.
On the occasion, a document of expression of interest was also exchanged between the Punjab Skill Development Mission and Shoolini University, Himachal Pardesh, to establish an international research university in the State of Punjab. The proposed university would have partnerships with leading global universities and offer world-class education and research in the areas of food technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, and other related areas. The Shoolini University has proposed to launch its programs by 2021.
Others prominent persons present on the occasion included Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary Technical Education; Rahul Tiwari, Secretary Employment Generation and Mission Director Punjab Skill Development Mission and Ravi Bhagat, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board.