The state-of-the-art multi-skill development centre, which will come up on vacant premises of ‘Knitwear Facility’ at Focal Point, will be operational by 2015, said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while chairing a review meeting over the project on Sunday.
The centre aims at imparting training to more than 2,000 unemployed youth, including girls, particularly to encompass major section of drop outs.
The chief minister said every year nearly 15 courses in bicycle, cycle parts, textile, apparel, garments, auto components, hand tools and light engineering industry, besides in service sector including hospitality, retail, healthcare and others would be taken up in this multi-skill centre.
Badal said the centre would be operational by 2015.
The society, which will manage the centre, is headed by Pankaj Munjal, and includes Sandeep Minni Riat, SP Oswal, Upkar Singh, SC Ralhan, Avtar Singh and Ludhiana deputy commissioner.
Badal impressed upon local industrialists to play a pro-active role in the promotion of skill training centers across the state with a twin objective of catering to the needs of industry by providing it skilled manpower on one hand and opening new vistas of employment for the youth on the other.
Assuring support and cooperation to the industrialists for executing and managing the ambitious project, Badal said the entire capital cost of restructuring and renovating the existing infrastructure at Knitwear Facility would be borne by the state government and the committee that consisted of eminent industrialists would manage the affairs of the upcoming multi-skill centre.
The chief minister said once the project took off the running expenses for managing the day-to-day affairs would be equally shared by the state government and the society.
Pankaj Munjal, co-chairman, and managing director, Hero Cycles, apprised the chief minister of the centre through a power point presentation. Munjal said the committee was hopeful that the approval of draft regarding the centre would be ready by October 1.
He said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed with the state government by October 8, the in-principle sanction of grant from the state government by October 15, final sanction and disbursal of grant from the state government by November 1 and if everything went as planned, the centre would be ready by March 2015.
Munjal said the total cost of the project would be around Rs 14.8 crore, of which Rs 7.80 crore would be spent on the renovation of the building, Rs 5 crore on machines and equipment, Rs 2 crore on working capital. He said several top industrialists of the country had agreed to join them for the smooth operations of state-of-the-art multi-skill development centre.
He said the courses would be of three-month duration and more than 2,000 students would be imparted training every year.
While speaking to the media persons after the review meeting, Badal said three para-medical skill centres would be opened in Faridkot, Amritsar and Patiala to give boost to medical skill training in the state, adding that even the upcoming rehabilitation centre for drug addicts would also focus on providing skill training to the youth for gainful self-employment.