SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jul, 2019
In a strategic meeting between Mahendra Nath
Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Yogi
Adityanath, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow, a joint
decision was made to set-uptwo Skill Centre of Excellence (CoEs).
One of the CoEs to be set up in Greater Noida for
Plumbing and one in Varanasi for the Services Sector.
The two centres will be international
state-of-the-art infrastructure which will be created under joint collaboration
between the State and the Centre, where the State will provide the land for
setting up the two buildings.
The infrastructure and training delivery will be
supported by the respective Sector Skill Councils and the industry partners to
make it relevant to market demand and trends.
Furthering the push on creating world class
infrastructure for skill development in the State, it was jointly decided that
the India Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur,
will soon be operational.
The Centre was conceptualized by Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modi himself during his visit to Singapore's Institute of
Technical Education and its foundation was also laid by him.
The institute will be opened in partnership with
the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore and will have around 10-12 labs
and will not only focus on hard skills from manufacturing sector but also on
skills related to service sector.
Reassuring support from the Centre to the State, Mahendra
Nath Pandey said, “MSDE will work closely with Government of Uttar
Pradesh to ensure world class infrastructure for skilling and will ensure the
up-skilling and re-skilling of its youth under our programs making them market
Commenting on the partnership, Yogi
Adityanath said, “We have been focusing on our clusters in UP for
skill development through our One District One Product scheme. Our focus is also
towards our farmer community and we will work together with the Central
government to up-skill them to today’s time and age enhancing their
productivity, leading to better livelihood.”
The meeting also had detailed discussions around
re-energising the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) ecosystem in the State
and focus on its upgradation and modernization.
There are a total of 3,134 ITIs in the State with
a seating capacity of 7.58 lakh with close to 5.63 lakh students getting
trained in them. Under the joint collaboration of State and Central Government,
1396 ITIs have been upgraded through a public private partnership model.