Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday announced opening of three skill centres of excellence in medical and paramedics in government medical colleges at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot.
Besides, six multi-skill development centres would come up at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar and Ropar. The decision was taken by the CM at the first meeting of the governing council of the Punjab skill development mission (PSDM).
Envisaging the step as making Punjab a pool of skilled manpower, Badal announced Rs 15 crore for
these three skill centres of excellence and asked the PSDM to grant Rs 5 crore each to the six upcoming multi-skill development centres in industrial training institutes (ITIs).
The CM also gave his nod to prepare a comprehensive plan to open skill development centres for construction workers in the Majha, Doaba and Malwa belts of the state.
A hi-tech transport skill centre will also be opened in Jalandhar by the transport department on the pattern of the already existing institute at Mahuana in Muktsar. Badal said all skill development centres would have a hostel facility.
The CM also suggested opening of a garment, textile and hosiery skill development centre in Ludhiana and a leather centre in Jalandhar. Badal asked the PSDM to come out with a proposal to impart technical and skill training to at least 50,000 jobless youths.