With six multi-skill development centres coming up in different parts of the state, Punjab government aims to train 1.21 lakh youth under several schemes. A sum of Rs 267.92 crore would be spent under the Punjab Skill Development Mission, which will make Punjab a partner in ‘Make in India’ campaign of the government in the centre.
It is for the first time any government is committed to enforcing Right to Skills Development. In fact the SAD government has reinforced its will to implement the same, also suggesting making Right to Skills Development for Youth as important as Right to Information, Education and Food Security.
Chhattisgarh government is the only state in the country which has implemented Right of Youth to Skill Development. Nationally, the government in the centre is also working towards it and an Industry Conclave on Skills is scheduled to be held on January 12 in Mumbai.
The Punjab government is working on the issue also keeping in mind that the skills imparted are not made useless by a machine at a much lesser price. The government will be imparting skills which are enhanced as per the latest technology to prepare its youth for the modern market, which will also go a long way in catalyzing the start-ups.
What is needed for an effective implementation of any people-oriented policy is to rope in panchayats and civic bodies, which will act as a fillip to skill development initiative, being implemented effectively by reaching out to district and block level.
States Join Hands for a Common Agenda
Committed to the cause, the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is the convener of the Sub Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development. The Sub Group felt that the major challenges were to make skill aspirational among youth besides also an advisory to all states to strengthen their State Skill Development Missions.
The North East and other states not developed much industrially were of the opinion that the central government should support such states for implementing skill development initiatives. As per the National Policy on Skill Development, there is a vision to skill 500 million labour force by the year 2022.
Encouraging Private Participation
The government is also of the view to encourage private participation in skill development besides also coming up with national skill development council and sector skill council branches at the state level.
In the last 20 years the government and private ITIs have been growing and there are 2285 government and 9821 private ones. These can cater to the needs of 17.11 lakh beneficiaries.
The government will make vocational training mandatory from middle school. The Punjab Skill Development Mission will also work towards creating infrastructure and supporting other policies for skill development.
Multi-Skill Development Centres in major cities
Major Punjab cities which would be covered for setting up multi skill development centres are Ludhiana, Amritsar, Sri Anandpur Sahibm Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Bathinda at a cost of Rs 72 crores and skill development centres will also be coming up at Manakpur Sharif, Singhpura, Adampur, Maloud and Niari at a cost of Rs 52 crores. On the other hand a Regional Vocational Training (RVTI) and regional directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT) is also coming up in Mohali.