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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Inaugurates 60 Training Centres, Flags Off Skill Yatra

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(HT Bureau)

Guwahati, Sept 8: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that setting up of training centres will pave the way for skill development of youths, which in turn will help them to secure employment.

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The Chief Minister said this while inaugurating training centres to train 5750 youths in 59 different vocations under the Assam Skill Development Mission at the programme held at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on Friday.

Sarma also flagged off a Skill Yatra to generate skill awareness programme in four districts through skill vans. The districts are Kamrup, Nalbari, Darang and Morigaon. A scheme called the ‘Indigenous Skill Training by Gurus’ was also launched on the occasion. Under the scheme, initially 15 districts will be covered to undertake the programme and 10 candidates will be selected from each district.

Moreover, he also launched the process of releasing stipend through DBT to 500 trainees under the Jal Jeeven Mission and Assam Skill Development Mission.  He also inaugurated the Training Centre of Schwing Stetter. As a part of the programme, 50 trainees from Industrial Training Institute Guwahati will be trained for the job of concrete pump operator.

Speaking on the occasion, Himanta Biswa Sarma, “The inauguration of training centres in Assam is an important development for enhancing the skills of youths and making them capable of employment as well as for self-employment. 60 training centres have been set up across the state under state funded Placement Linked Skill Development Training Programme to train these youth in short term skill courses that will also help them to create self-employment avenues. The 60 training centres will impart training in 59 different disciplines across 10 sectors.”

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The Chief Minister said that the Skill Yatra that would also go a long way in connecting students of classes IX to XII in government schools with a provision to counselling the students along with their parents. Under the ‘Indigenous Skill Training by Guru’ scheme special focus will be made for preserving and promoting indigenous trades of Assam like mask making, bell and brass metal etc.

“Our government is on its track to develop the skill of youths to make them self-reliant. Since Assam is rich in tourism, hospitality and other associated fields, skilled employees will help to meet the demands of the job markets,” said Sarma.

Talking about the bell and brass metal industries, the Chief Minister said that enhancing the skills of the artisans in these trades will help them to create products, which will be aesthetically superior along with have greater durability. He also spoke on the need of fusion of traditional and modern methods to make the handicraft items more attractive.

The Chief Minister also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a scheme namely ‘Viswakarma’ on 17 September for skilled workers. The scheme will also help the skilled workers in the state to hone their skills to the satisfaction of their customers.

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Meanwhile, the state government will also launch a scheme wherein two lakhs youths will be trained on modern technology. The state government will collaborate with Tata Technology to train the youths in 70 ITIs on the concepts and components like artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, etc to make them ready for ‘Industry 4.0’.

Sarma also took the occasion to thank the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) for designing and organizing the programmes’ which according to him would will bring about paradigm shift in the skill landscape of the state.  He also virtually interacted with mask making artistes and bell metal making artisans.

State minister for skill, employment and entrepreneurship Jayanta Mallabaruah while speaking on the occasion, gave brief snapshot about the programmes. He said that the schemes have been launched primarily to help the youth of the state to become employable and create self-employment avenues in the state.

State minister for revenue and disaster management Jogen Mohan, minister for tea tribes welfare Sanjay Kishan, Rajya Sabha MP and Chief Minister’s political secretary Pabitra Margherita,  principal secretary of the skill, employment and entrepreneurship department B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, mission director of ASDM Ankur Jain and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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