Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates National Conclave on ‘Skill Development Initiatives in Hydrocarbon Sector’ at Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, inaugurated a National Conclave on ‘Skill Development Initiatives in the Hydrocarbon Sector’ here today to coincide with the first foundation day of the Skill Development Institute (SDI), Bhubaneswar. Senior officers of the oil Industries, academicians, consultants and training partners in skills industry, senior industry members from various part of the country as well as State, etc.,took part in this national conclave. Among others Mr. Verghese Cherian, Chairman and Director (HR), SDI, Bhubaneswar, Mr. B. Roy, Director (HR), OIL, Mr. D. D. Mishra, Director (HR), ONGC, Mr. Pushp Joshi, Director (HR), HPCL, Mr. V C Bhandare, Director (HR), EIL, Mr. N. N. Rao, CEO, SDI, Bhubaneswar were also present at the occasion.

Oil industry’s first Skill Development Institute in Odisha’s capital was inaugurated on this day last year. The institute, promoted by public sector oil companies, IndianOil, ONGC, GAIL, BPCL, HPCL, OIL, EIL and Balmer Lawrie, under the aegis of MoP&NG, is managed by IndianOil in support of the Skill India Mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister,Shri Narendra Modi.

The event was started with lighting the lamp and the state song “Bande Utkala Janani”. Welcome address was given by the Chairman of the Institute Shri Verghese Cherian. A 3 months short-term computer course exclusively for girls was also launched as part of this 1st foundation day celebration of SDI, Bhubaneswar. Each batch will impart training to 30 girls students currently. A short – film on Successful Journey of SDI, Bhubaneswar was also presented at the event. A Pictorial Journey of SDI, Bhubaneswar was also unveiled by the esteemed dignitaries. Hon’ble Petroleum Minister also presented tool kits of Rs. 50,000 each to two students of 1st batch of SDI, Bhubaneswar Master Khirasagar Swain, Bargarh of Industrial Welding and Master Bharaye Soren, Mayurbhanj of Industrial Electrical to begin their entrepreneurship journey after completion of their session this year. The minister also felicitated “Medha Servo” as the Best Recruiter of SDI, Bhbubaneswar for giving highest employment opportunities to the passed out students.

Delivering his welcome address, Shri Verghese Cherian, Chairman and Director (HR), SDI, Bhubaneswar said, “We are hopeful to set-up a world class Skill Development Institute in Bhubaneswar very soon. We at SDI aim to harness the potentialities of the youths of Odisha to make them more skillful.”

Coinciding with the foundation day of SDI, Bhubaneswar the following business sessions /panel discussions were held  during the conclave, in which leading speakers from various sectors participated and discussed about the scope of hydrocarbon sector in skill development.


Business session 1: Academy & Industry Interaction on Skill Development Initiatives

This session was chaired by Mr. PKJ Mohapatra, Professor, IIT, Bhubaneswar, Mr. Bijay Sahoo, Chairman of RASCI, President, HR, Reliance Industries Ltd., Mr. Ramesh Mohapatra, President UCCI, Bhubaneswar and Chairman, MAGNUM Group of Companies, Prof. Suchitra Pal, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and Mr. Paritosh Mishra, Vice-President, HR, AES India Pvt. Ltd.  as speakers in the panel.


Business session 2: Perspectives of Partners from Skill Eco-System on Skill Development Potential in Odisha

The second session was chaired by Mr. Gourav Kumar, Director, PwC India, Dr. Amiya Behera, Chairman, Oversea Projects & Services Ltd, Mr Arun Selvan, Dy Managing Director, NTTF, Ms Bhavna Chopra, Director, Laurus Edutech as speakers in the panel.


Business session 3: Skill Development Initiatives in Hydrocarbon Sector

The last session was Chaired by Prof S Das, Professor IIM, Raipur, Mr. Pushp K Joshi, Director (HR), HPC, Mr. Narayanan Ramaswamy, Partner, KPMG and Mr. Kamlesh Vyas, Partner, E&Y as speakers in the panel.


The foundation day ceremony was attended by students of SDI, Bhubaneswar and some others institutions across the state. The vote of thanks was given by Mr. N. N. Rao, CEO, SDI, Bhubaneswar.


It may be noted here that, SDI Bhubaneswar currently runs skill training courses for unemployed and under-privileged youth of Odisha in a pilot campus in Mancheswar Industrial Estate. The Institute offers certificate programmes in Welding and Electrical to facilitate ready employment and has plans to launch more courses this year. Several organisations have already employed students from the institute, who went on to prove their merit as skilled workforce.

While inaugurating the pilot SDI site last year,Shri Pradhan announced plans to set up a state-of-the-art institute offering a multitude of trades/courses required by the industry in general and the oil & gas sector in particular. He laid the vision for various skill development initiatives in the hydrocarbon sector. As part of this, six SDIs are being set up by the oil & gas industry across the country, three SDIs have already been setup: the first in Bhubaneswar, the second in Visakhapatnam and the third in Kochi. Three more SDIs are coming up at Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Rae Bareli.

At present, SDI Bhubaneswar is operating from a pilot campus and a bigger permanent campus spread over 60 acres is coming up at Jatni. With full-fledged infrastructure, the Institute will impart skill development training to over 40,000 students in several trades pertaining to the hydrocarbons sector and local industry needs over a period of 10 years, apart from conducting other employment-oriented training programmes beyond the petroleum sector in line with the National Skill Development Mission of the Government of India.