Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the long-awaited World Skill Centre (WSC) at Mancheswar here on the birth anniversary of legendary Biju Patnaik.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister described it as an important milestone that adds a new chapter in the skill ecosystem of Odisha.
The WSC will be a premier institute to impart advanced skills and create globally employable youth in State. The project has been developed in partnership with ITEES Singapore as knowledge partner, and Asian Development Bank.
Built over an area of 450,000 square feet, it’s now the tallest building in the State. It will provide skills to 3000 students in 8 trades for now.
Emphasizing on skill development of our youth the CM said that Skill Development has always been a priority for his Government.
“Our aim is to meet the aspirations of the youth as well as create a pool of increased opportunities for them”, he added.
Patnaik further said that a lot of emphasis is being accorded by his government to short term, long term and advance skill training through industry collaborations and certifications.
Focusing on the future of youth, the Chief Minister said that we are intensely investing in the future of youth by creating infrastructure and mechanism for making them future-ready.
This will help our youth to stay ahead of the competition in the professional world, he added.
Within a short span, the results of this investment have added feathers to Odisha’s Story, he said.
Speaking on the achievements in skill, Patnaik said that winning Gold Medal at World Skill Competition and innovations demonstrated by our skill institutes during the pandemic have set the standards worth emulating.
Our ITIs are amongst the best in the country, he added.
He commended the sustained efforts made by OSDA and the Skill Development & Technical Education Department to improve the skill ecosystem of the state.
World Skill Centre will further support our endeavour by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at a global level, he added.
Patnaik said emphatically that the World Skill Centre will take a lead in taking a giant leap of transformation from present to future for all Polytechnics and ITIs in Odisha.
World Skill Centre will also drive Skill Competitions and will be a landing point for all industry collaborations in the skill ecosystem.
The Chief Minister thanked Asian Development Bank and ITE Education Services Singapore for collaborating with Odisha for setting up a premier skill institute at par with global excellence.
Remembering Biju Babu on his birth anniversary, Patnaik said “Biju Babu always dreamt of an Odisha where youth acquire world-class skill. On his 105th birth anniversary, I am happy to dedicate the World Skill Centre to the people of Odisha.”
He hoped that large support from all stakeholders, World Skill Center and Odisha will set a new standard in technical education and vocational training.
Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education Premananda Nayak said that with the setting up of the World Skill Centre, our youth have a huge competitive advantage at the global level.
Subrato Bagchi, Chairman Odisha Skill Development Authority highlighted the achievements of Odisha youth at the national and global level.
He added that within five years, 11 of Odisha ITIs have been among the top 100 ITIs of India. He also envisioned taking skills to the grassroots level in the next five years.
Speaking over video conference, Bruce Poh, DG SARD, Asian Development Bank congratulated the State for the WSC. He said it will be highly beneficial for youth in the age group of 18-34.
Singapore ITEES CEO Kenichi Yokoyama said WSC will be a model for State’s Skill education. He congratulated the CM for his unwavering dedication to skill education in Odisha.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary of SDTE Sanjay Singh gave the welcome address and CEO OSDA offered the vote of thanks.