Dalmia Bharat Foundation inaugurates 6th Diksha Centre at Kapilas Cement Manufacturing Works, Cuttack

Cuttack: Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), as part of its ongoing commitment to create more livelihood opportunities through skill development, inaugurated its new skill training centre at Kapilas Cement Manufacturing Works (KCMW) at Tangi, near Cuttack, today. The initiative is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by DBF with National Skill Development Corporation to impart vocational training and skills to 60,000 youth in the country in 10 years. The centre will begin with training in two trades – bed side attendant and sewing machine operator – with 30 students each in both trades. It will grow gradually in capacity as it inducts more students from plant peripheral communities.
Operating under the program Diksha, the centre is the 6th skill training centre in Odisha by DBF in association with Odisha Skill Development Authority. One of the front runners in implementation of skill training programs in the state, DBF already has centres at Rourkela, Rajgangpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Barkote imparting skill training under the trades bed side attendant, retail sales, electrician, beauty and wellness, and sewing machine operator. The foundation has a target to train 1065 youth from Odisha during the ongoing Financial Year with a placement ratio of 70% or higher.
Inaugurating the centre, Mr. Ujjwal Batria, COO – Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. said “Dalmia Bharat Group believes in the philosophy of empowering India next. The challenge that however remains is the gap between opportunities and employable skilled manpower. We believe in the talent of Indian youth and we are committed to creating opportunities for better livelihoods through our skill training programs.”
“Through this centre we acknowledge the local needs. The skill centre is established in line with the Company’s assurance given to the local communities during the recently held public hearing to work towards enhancing skill and employability of the youth in and around plant periphery. We hope like our other centres this will also create well-skilled, employable and efficient youth ready to make their contribution towards the country’s economy”, said Mr. Manoranjan Sahoo, Plant Head KCMW, dedicating the new skill centre to the stakeholders in Cuttack and Jajpur Districts who have been extremely supportive of the Plant since its inception.
Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, CEO – Dalmia Bharat Foundation, Dr. Niladri Parhi, Head – CSR, DCBL- East, Nilambar Mishra AGM Corporate Affairs, KCMW, local Sarpanch and respected community members were present at the inaugural event to welcome the first batch of trainees of the skill centre.

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