21 June 2016 Current Affairs: Himachal Pradesh government today launched a Rs 640 crore project for skill development under which multipurpose training and marketing centres would be developed in rural areas as per the needs of local youths.
Training would be provided by government institutes and departments, private sector and industries/industrial associations under the project which is launched with external assistance from Asian Development Bank.
These centres would be monitored by District Skill Development Centre and to facilitate ITI students, equivalency would be granted in respect of trade and apprenticeship certificates being awarded by National Council of Vocational Training for the purpose of seeking admission in colleges.
Focus would be on addressing the needs and requirements of manpower in agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality, construction, IT enabled services,banking and financial services.
Self help groups to market, innovate and provide finance for Himachali paintings, metal crafts, shawls, carpets, wood craft carvings, embroidery, foot wear, leather crafts, blanketsand rugs, woolen caps, muffler and knitwear.
All the existing employment exchanges would be upgraded into model career centres for counseling and vocational guidance and mapping of existing facilities of government ITIs and polytechnics would be undertaken.
The government is also planning to start demand driven and employment oriented trades in existing state-run ITIs which would increase students intake by 2,500 per year.
The skill development programmes would be accessible to all residents of the state between the age of 16 to 49 years to both BPL and APL families in urban and rural areas.