To make available skilled manpower to the industry and to check the growing unemployment, the Punjab government has given its nod to a German company for setting up four multi-skill development centres (MSDC) in the state under a scheme sponsored by the Centre.
These high-tech MSDCs will be located in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Bathinda and will be made functional within a span of four years. A sum of about Rs 60 crore is expected to be spent on setting up each centre. While the Central government will bear 50% of the cost, the remaining will be borne by the state government.
The company engaged for this purpose is GIZ International Services, wholly owned by the government of Germany. This company has provided various types of services connected with technical education and skill development in around 130 nations, including India.
It presently has seven service centres or projects in India including a tool room in Ludhiana. The Central government included the establishment of MSDCs in its 12th Five-Year Plan after Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia saw the performance of a GIZ centre located in Karnataka.
A team of GIZ was here on Sunday to give a presentation before technical education and industry minister Anil Joshi. Principal secretary, technical education, SS Channy, several senior officials of the education department and heads of industrial technical institutes (ITIs) and other technical institutes of the state government were present in the meeting.
Several local industrialists also attended the meet, as GIZ officials wanted a feedback on the type of courses they would start at the MSDC to be set up at Amritsar.
Giving the presentation, GIZ's training head Srikant Bansal said the equipment, training modules and courses at the ITIs and other technical institutes of the state government were outdated.
However, MSDC will have the latest equipment for training and well-designed courses, he said, adding that international certification will be given to those who attend the courses at these centres.
"We will be in direct contact with the ITIs and will train their students on the best possible equipments at our centres. We will also provide training to the ITI staff. Direct training to youth will also be provided at these centers," said Bansal.
Bansal pointed out that the courses to be introduced at the centres will be modeled as per the requirements of the industry. "This will give the local industry the required skilled manpower," he said, while pointing out that availability of trained manpower was one of the problems of the industry in Punjab.
Unemployed youth, school or college dropouts will also be eligible for undergoing training at these centres. Special training modules for the industrialists will also be made available from time to time.
"These will be centres of excellence and will have the best faculty. In a year, around a lakh youngsters will pass out from the four centres and with the GIZ stamp they will be accepted in any part of the globe," Bansal told the minister.