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Under the government´s Skill India mission, oil PSUs have initiated skill development initiatives for unemployed youth. Oil PSU members, viz., HPCL, IOCL, BPCL, ONGC, OIL, GAIL, EIL and Balmer Lawrie have come together to set up a Skill Development Institute in Visakhapatnam (SDI-Vskp).
The institute has been set up in a building spread across 74,000 sq ft provided by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with best-in-class training equipment and residential facilities for boys and girls. A greenfield institute will also be set up in over 100 acres of land at Visakhapatnam shortly.
SDI-Vishakhapatnam has entered into an MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, to partner on various areas.
Under this MoU, over 600 youth from local areas will be provided training at subsidised cost on an annual basis. The centre will also be accredited through the single-window online system set up by NSDC.
SDI-Vishakhapatnam will offer both short-term and long-term skill development programs aligned to the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). The SDI has started with about 340 students in 10 different trades affiliated to respective Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) through NSDC training partners. Being industry leaders, the oil PSUs will design new Qualification Packs (QPs) for skill development for their industry, and will establish Centres of Excellence within the premises of the institute for meeting higher level skill in one sector, conduct training of trainers and training of assessors to meet the quality requirement of that sector.
To enhance employment linkages, the SDI will also conduct ´Rojgar Melas´ for SDI graduates as well as local areas for gainful employment.
NSDC will be the knowledge partner in providing updated national and global benchmarks in successful implementation of the project. It shall facilitate training of trainers, affiliation with Sector Skill Councils, approval of new QPs, third party assessments, and enable collaboration with national and international agencies. Welcoming the partnership, Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC, said, ´This partnership with SDI-Vishakhapatnam promoted by oil PSUs is the first-of-its-kind for NSDC. With their rich expertise in the area of skill development, we can jointly contribute to achieving the nation´s skilling priorities. We look forward to a fruitful and long-term association and I wish the best for this endeavour.´
On the occasion, K Nagesh, Secretary, Skill Development Institute, Visakhapatnam and Chief Manager-HR, HPCL, Mumbai said, ´Skill Development Institute, Visakhapatnam is committed to raise the bar in the process of imparting technical skills to unemployed youth including soft skills and digital literacy and make them ready for industrial assignments. The partnership with NSDC is a momentous step towards achieving our commitment to the Skill India Mission.´