Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday approved new courses and curriculum to be offered to nearly 15,000 youth interested in skill development training in various streams annually.
Presiding over a meeting to finalise the courses to impart training in fields such as healthcare, paramedics, horticulture, agriculture and allied farming and construction activity, Badal directed secretary, technical education, to engage the best agencies with proven track record to enhance the capacity building of five upcoming Multi-Skill Development Centres (MSDCs) at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda with total intake capacity of 7,500 trainees annually.
The chief minister was told three skill development centres to impart training in healthcare and paramedics were being also established in government medical colleges of Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot with a total intake capacity of 1,200 trainees per year. Likewise, 4,800 trainees would be provided training in the upcoming construction & building skill development centres at Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
Badal also gave his nod to initiate a special program to provide on-site training to workers already employed in different factories with the motive to hone their skills in a phased manner. He said that nearly 10,000 such workers would be imparted specialised training as per the needs of local industry in the first phase.
The chief minister also asked all departments entrusted with the task of establishing these skill centres to provide hostel facilities to trainees.