Bhubaneswar, Mar 5: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the long-awaited World Skill Centre (WSC) at Mancheswar in Bhubanewswar on the birth anniversary of legendary Biju Patnaik.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister described it as an important milestone that adds a new chapter in the skill ecosystem of Odisha. The WSC will be a premier institute to impart advanced skills and create globally employable youth in State.
The project has been developed with partnership with ITEES Singapore as knowledge partner, and Asian Development Bank. Built over an area of 450,000 square feet, it’s now the tallest building in the state. It will provide skills to 3000 students in 8 trades for now.
Emphasising on skill development of our youth the CM said that Skill Development has always been a priority for his Government. Our aim is to meet the aspirations of the youth as well as create a pool of increased opportunities for them, he added.
Patnaik further said that lot of emphasis is being accorded by my government to short term, long term and advance skill training through industry collaborations and certifications.
Focusing on future of youth, the CM said that we are intensely investing in the future of youth by creating infrastructure and mechanism for making them future ready. This will help our youth to stay ahead of the competition in the professional world, he added. Within a short span, the results of this investment have added feathers to Odisha’s story, he said.
Speaking on the achievements in skill, Patnaik further said that Gold Medal win at World Skill Competition and innovations demonstrated by our skill institutes during the pandemic have set the standards worth emulating. He commended the sustained efforts made by OSDA and Skill Development & Technical Education Department to improve the skill ecosystem of the state.