Bhubaneswar, Dec 17: On Friday the chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), Subroto Bagchi said that the guiding principle of skill development in Odisha should be to create ‘Skilled in Odisha’ brand as a separate identity for the youth trained in Odisha across the globe.
He said this at the first governing council meeting of OSDA after taking charge as its chairman on May 1 this year. Bagchi is the co-founder of the leading IT services company, Mindtree. Skill Development and Technical Education minister and OSDA vice chairman, Sanjay Dasburma was also present at the meeting who focused on the need to strengthen District Employment Exchanges as the District Employment Officer is the nodal officer for implementation of skill training programme at the district level. Emphasis was also put on the early need to roll out the ADB project which will help substantially in scaling of the programme. He also outlined the need for tapping the central funding for undertaking skill training programme in Odisha. Secretary of Skill Development and Technical Education, Sanjay Kumar Singh, requested all the departments to submit an annual action plan for skill training for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretaries of 20 line departments were also present in the meeting.
The other issues which were discussed in the meeting were the delegation of financial authority, drawing and dispersing authority of OSDA, constitution of a four-member executive committee for approval of skill development, road map for skill development and action plan to impart skill to eight lakh youths under the Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (CMEGP) in next three years.