Chandra Mohan Patowary
GUWAHATI CITY

Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary spells out Skill Development Mantra

World Youth Skill Symposium

Guwahati, July 24: Concluding the nine-day long event of the World Youth Skill Symposium, Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary inaugurated the new office building of Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) at Katabari, Guwahati today. He also launched the toll free number and website of ASDM, a press release stated.

Speaking on the occasion, Patowary said that ASDM had signed an MoU with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore to set up a Multi Skill Education Institute in Assam. He said, ‘Commencing from December, 400 students will be trained per year in three areas namely retail, tourism & hospitality and beauty & wellness. Thirty teachers who were trained in Singapore will impart the training here. Besides, faculty from Singapore will also visit the campus to skill the students.’

The Skill Department will also set up a Skill City at Mangoldoi with different categories of Skill Development Schools. ‘Presently there are 369 skill development centres imparting training on 150 different trades operating in the state and the target is to skill 1.50 lakh youths in this financial year’, he added.

The Minister further stated that the Skill Department has also tied up with Assam Police to skill 18,000 surrendered militants during a 3-month training programme under the ‘Swavalamban’ scheme. Assam government is also planning to set up foreign language learning centres particularly in South East Asian languages to open job avenues for the youth abroad.

AP Tiwari, Mission Director, ASDM informed that 11 MoUs were signed with Advanced Training Institutes at the Skill Symposium to skill and deploy the students in various industries upon completion of the training programme. Jitu Talukdar, Vice Chairman, AIDC, Ashutosh Agnihotri, Commissioner and Secretary and other officials were present in the programme today.

Earlier in the day, the Minister, interacted with the various industry bodies, organizations and stakeholders to discuss the draft Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy, Logistic Policy and Export Policy of Assam at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara, the release added.