Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated 18-storey World Skill Centre (WSC), a premier advance skill training institute, in the city on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen said Odisha has made rapid strides in skill development in the last five years and the government aims at creating new avenues for the youth to compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world and making them globally employable.
“World Skill Centre will significantly accelerate this endeavor by providing advance skill training to our youth and prepare them for competing at global level,” he added.
Premananda Nayak, Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education; Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, OSDA; SC Mohapatra, Chief Secretary; Kenichi Yokoyama, DG, Asian Development Bank; Bruce Poh, CEO, ITEES; Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SD & TE and industry leaders were present at the event.
Modelled around leading TVET Institute, ITE (Institute of Technical Education) Singapore, the WSC has been set up with a budget of around Rs 1342.2 crore with capital investment shared by Asian Development Bank. It is ready to roll out the first set of courses in areas like Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Mechanical & Electrical Services, Vertical Transportation, Precision Engineering, Mechatronics, and Electrical Technology along with a few other courses in the services sectors like Hair Fashion & Design and Beauty & Wellness.