Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asked the State Technical Education and Industrial Training department to rope in world-class agencies to equip unemployed youth with the latest technological skills.
Presiding over a high-level meeting to finalise the modalities to train the unemployed youth in various fields like healthcare and paramedics, driving and automotive, animal husbandry and allied farming, and construction, Badal directed the technical education department to engage the skill training and placement agencies with a proven track-record to enhance the capacity building of the five upcoming multi-skill development centres (MSDCs) in the state.
The five MSDCs at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Patiala will have a total intake capacity of 7,500 trainees.
These MSDCs would offer new skill training courses in light engineering, hand tools, garment and fashion technology, etc, in accordance with the needs of the local industry.
Secretary technical education Rakesh Verma apprised Badal that the construction work had already been allotted to the qualified contractors after completing the entire tendering process and that the MSDCs will be made functional from April 2016.
Verma also informed Badal that another MSDC will also set up at Sri Anandpur Sahib, for which the site had already been identified.
Besides, three skill development centres to impart training in healthcare and paramedics were being established in the government medical colleges of Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot, verma said, adding that these centres will have a total capacity of 2,250 trainees.
Likewise, 5,600 trainees will be trained in the upcoming construction and building skill development centres at Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
Nearly 700 trainees will also be trained in specially-designed courses related to activities in the field of animal husbandry and allied farming such as dairying, piggery, bee keeping, fishery, floriculture, horticulture etc, with a focused approach to promote the agriculture diversification on a large scale.