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Placement key to skill development mission: CM

india Updated: Nov 08, 2013 19:11 IST
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Chief minister Omar Abdullah has said the success of the skill development mission can only be realised when placement of these youth and utilisation of their learnt skills is ensured and this aspect is critical to the whole programme.

He said this at a meeting to review J&K Skill Development Mission.

The chief minister said the state government besides engaging private players through initiatives like UDAAN and HIMMAT has also focused on enhancing the existing training facilities.

Omar said the government has fixed a target of developing skill of 9.1 lakh youths during the 12th five-year plan but during the course some redesigning or rearranging may be required to suit the job market requirements.

Principal secretary (planning and development) BR Sharma in a presentation on skill development said during 2012-13 against the target of training 1.1 lakh youth, 88,440 have received training in sectors of micro and small-scale industry, vocational and technical education, agriculture, horticulture, information technology, animal, sheep husbandry and tourism.

Sharma added that there is further requirement of mapping of skills at the district level to fill the gaps. He said ICRA had earlier conducted a study on mapping of current and future skill requirement of Jammu and Kashmir, however the survey conducted by ICRA was at macro level.

He said now NSDC has mandated Imac's to conduct a district level skill gap study for all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir and suggest suitable intervention to address the gap for every district, besides create an action plan.

He said this new plan will be rolled out during 2014-15 to upgrade the existing J&K Skill Business Plan as per the outcome of the study.