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Skill development initiatives discussed
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, June 24 - With the Skill India initiative’s special focus on Assam and to extend more opportunities to the youth of the State, S Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) today met Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal to fast track the skill development initiatives for youth in the State.

In the meeting, S Ramadorai shared NSDC’s plan of setting up a regional office in Guwahati to ensure focused implementation of development skill initiatives in the State, amplify mass awareness campaigns and ensure better coordination with the State government.

The office will also help in capturing the local requirements and in reviewing the progress of skill development closely.

“Assam Government is completely aligned with the goals of Skill India and we are certain to see some great support in creating a successful skill development model in the State. Chief Minister emphasised that it is crucial to leverage the demographic advantage and assured NSDC with all the necessary support, which will scale up skill development efforts in Assam,” said Ramadorai.

Emphasising the importance of skill development, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Skill development is the only route which can transform lives of the youths of Assam. We have decided to intensify skill development efforts in the State so as to ease out the problem of unemployment. We have assured NSDC to help them with the necessary infrastructure for creation of state-of-the-art training centres in the State.”

The discussions laid down the success that the private partnership model has seen in upgrading the ITIs in Assam. Leading corporates like Castrol, Bosch, Tata Motors and others have partnered with ITIs in Assam at Nagaon, Tinsukia and Rowta in PPP mode and to develop the ITIs into state-of-the-art skilling centres. At the Women ITI in Guwahati, a partnership was enabled with Lakme for training and placement of female candidates in Lakme salons.

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