Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates World Skill Centre at Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates World Skill Centre in Bhubaneswar. Set up at an investment of Rs 1,342 cr the Centre will impart skill training to ITI students and run capacity building progammmes for teachers.

“It gives me immense happiness to inaugurate WorldSkillCenter which adds an important chapter in the skill ecosystem of Odisha. Skill Development has always been a priority area to meet the aspirations of the youth as well as create a pool of increased opportunities for them. World Skill Center will further support our endeavour by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at Global level. It will also take a lead in making a giant leap of transformation from present to future for all Polytechnics and ITIs in Odisha,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.

“It will also drive Skill Competitions and will be landing point for all industry collaborations in skill ecosystem. My gratitude to
ADB and ITE Education Services, Singapore for collaborating with Odisha for setting up a premier skill institute at par with global excellence,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.

World Skill Center is being modelled around leading TVET Institute, ITE (Institute of Technical Education) Singapore and seeks inspiration from World Skills, Russia and GIFTS (Global Institute for Transferring Skills), South Korea. WSC is being established under Odisha Skill Development Project assisted by the Asian Development Bank with ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore as knowledge partner.
Shri Naveen Patnaik Hon’ble Chief Minister said “Odisha has made rapid strides in Skill Development in the last five years. We have created new avenues for our youth to compete with their counterparts anywhere. Our aim is to meet their aspirations, to make them globally employable”. He also said that Government is intensely investing in the future of youth by creating infrastructure and mechanism for making them future ready. World Skill Center will significantly accelerate this endeavor by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at Global level.
Shri Premananda Nayak Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education, Shri Subroto Bagchi Chairman, OSDA, Shri SC Mohapatra, Chief Secretary, Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, DG, Asian Development Bank, Mr Bruce Poh CEO ITEES, Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner cum Secretary, SD & TE and industry leaders were also present during the event.
Shri Subroto Bagchi, Chairman OSDA highlighted the achievements of “Skilled-in-Odisha” during the last five years and the emphasized the need to expand skill development efforts to the next level, reaching every village. He emphasized the need for a holistic approach in providing better opportunities for skill development to make our children aware of career choices and youth globally employable. He also said that State will create Odisha Skill Vision 2030 and the same will guide future efforts of all implementing departments.
Shri Premananda Nayak Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education,Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, DG, Asian Development Bank and Mr Bruce Poh CEO ITEES also addressed the gathering and conveyed their wishes on the inauguration of the World Skill Center.
Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the role of the WSC in the skill ecosystem of India. He said World Skill Centre will act as the Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs.
World Skill Center is being set up at a budget of nearly Rs.1342.2 Crores. It would run long-term manufacturing and services programmes as a Finishing School for the best among the ITI and Polytechnic students as well as serve as a centre for capacity building for ITI and Polytechnic teachers. The World Skill Centre is ready to roll out the first set of courses in areas like Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Mechanical & Electrical Services, Vertical Transportation, Precision Engineering, Mechatronics, and Electrical Technology along with a few other courses in the services sectors like Hair Fashion & Design and Beauty & Wellness. The World Skill Center is going to be the nodal agency for preparing Odisha’s youth for the World Skills Competition. The other key role for WSC will be to act as Centre for Industry Partnership and landing point for industries in Odisha for their employment needs. Finally, the World Skill Centre will be Nodal agency of the state for State Chapter of World Skills and will prepare Odisha’s youth for global glory.
Smt. Rashmita Panda, CEO, OSDA presented the vote of thanks.