Bhubaneswar, Aug 11: Naveen Patnaik led state cabinet on Friday approved Nutana Unnata Abhilasha (NUA) Odisha scheme with an aim to skill youth of the state.
The scheme aims to skill one lakh youth every year in the state during the next three years. The state ex-chequer will bear an expense of Rs 385 crores for the scheme.
The scheme will work towards addressing the scarcity of skilled human resources in emerging trades by offering high-quality training, fostering industry linkages, and enhancing employability skills. It will also help to bridge the skill-gap in utilization of new-age technologies in traditional sectors (handicraft, handloom, agriculture) etc. Offerings will include fresh skilling for youths, add-on-courses for existing students, digital and e-courses for youths in higher educational institutions, employability skills for students in various institutions, etc.
To be implemented across the 30 districts in Odisha, skilling, re-skilling, and up-skilling opportunities will be provided through Skilling Institutions of the SD & TE Department (ITI, Polytechnic, etc.), Govt Skilling Institutions, Educational Institutions, Clusters (MSME, Agriculture, Craft, etc).
Credible Program Implementing Agencies comprising reputed industries and training providers, industry associations, etc will be onboarded to deliver the skilling programmes through an enabling policy framework based on differential and incentive- based approach.
The establishment of state-of-the-art training centres, well-equipped labs, and a strong skilling ecosystem will further facilitate strengthening the Skilled-in-Odisha brand.
As envisaged in the Budget 2023-24, NUA Odisha reflects the commitment of the Government to ensure transformation of human lives through Skilling leading to economic empowerment.