Dharmendra Pradhan Lays Stone For National Skill Training Institutes Plus In Odisha’s Jatni

Bhubaneswar: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stone for National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) Plus at Jatni in Odisha’s Khurda district on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said, “NSTI will emerge as a modern gurukul to equip candidates as well as trainers with industry and future-ready skills. I am confident that the upcoming state-of-the-art integrated campus of NSTI will empower the youth of New India by providing them cutting-edge skills and knowledge. It will encourage entrepreneurship, equip master trainers with expertise aligned with current and future industry demands and help realise the vision of Viksit Bharat.”

NSTI Plus, under the Directorate General of Training (DGT), apex organisation of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), will train 500 instructors in first phase under the Craftsmen Instructor Training Scheme (CITS) and incorporate another 500 instructors for upskilling and reskilling.

Constructed on 7.8-acre campus, NSTI Plus will not only accommodate institutions like National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Skill India International Centre (SIIC), but also emerge as a potential hub for diverse skill development activities. It will have courses in conjunction with IGNOU, NIOS, SIIC and NIOS.

The NSTI Plus will also serve as a nucleus for emerging start-ups, an incubation centre and a versatile hub for cultivating various skills. It has the potential to serve as a prototype training facility for other states.

Currently, there are 524 ITIs in the region with seating capacity of 1,04,134, and institutions with flexible learning models like NSTI Plus will advance the vocational training framework to be more accessible and inclusive.

Pritiranjan Gharai, Minister of Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education; Aparajita Sarangi, Bhubaneswar MP; Muzibulla Khan, MP, Rajya Sabha; Suresh Kumar Routray, MLA; TG Sitharam, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE); Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE; and Trishaljit Sethi, Director General, DGT were present on the occasion.

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