GUWAHATI, Sept 12 - “Skill development cannot be done in isolation. It must go hand in hand with the industry department in the journey of skilling the youths of the State.” This was stated by Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at a daylong workshop, ‘Dakhya Axom: Unnata Axom – An Initiative for Better Human Resource Planning to Achieve the Goal of Skill India’ organised by the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara on Saturday. Referring to China’s example of global dominance, the Minister said that if India can also convert its population to a skilled workforce, then the nation would be the skill hub of the world as per the envision of the Prime Minister.
Patowary declared that henceforth all employment exchange offices in the State would be converted into district skill development centres and also act as facilitation centres for career counselling. “Thereby, employment officers will now interact with the students and understand their requirements, apart from registering their names in the employment exchange offices,” he said.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia mentioned that each industrial sector must have its own skill development centres to improve the learning as well as production outcome and called upon the representatives of the industrial sectors to partner with ASDM to achieve the objectives.
Additional Chief Secretary of Industries and Commerce Department Ravi Capoor and Additional Chief Secretary of Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department KV Eapen highlighted the emerging areas that the State needs to focus on, like hospitality, wellness, food processing, etc., where skilled manpower is required, and create a pool of skilled workforce.
Commissioner, Industries and Commerce Dr KK Dwivedi said that only skill can enhance the employability and productivity of an individual and that the skill and industry departments would work in synergy to achieve the avowed goal.