SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday highlighted the efforts made by his government to make the youth skilful so that they could get more gainful employment and self-employment opportunities in various sectors.
CM Thakur was presiding over a programme organized by the HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day at Peterhof, Shimla. On the occasion, he also interacted with the trainees from NIFT Kangra.
The CM also unveiled the Kaushal Vikas Nigam mobile app and e-magazine. He also honoured several organisations that were involved in initiatives and activities aimed at skill improvement.
The Chief Minister said that under the Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Project contracts worth Rs 545 crores have been awarded so far and Rs 195 crores have been paid by ADB under Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Project.
“Apart from this, a Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality and IT sector was being established at Waknaghat in Solan district with the help of ADB,” he added.
The Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Corporation has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with government organisations and universities to train approximately 16,000 Himachali youth in a variety of subjects, such as artificial intelligence, web design, and machine learning.
“The state’s government industrial training institutes have begun offering short-term up-skilling and multi-skilling training.” CM Thakur stated.
The Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Corporation has started the ‘Navdharana Programme’ for the differently-abled. Chief Minister Thakur said that the third phase of this plan was in progress and more than 16,200 youth have been enrolled.
Several MoUs were also signed with HP Aayush Department for SPA Therapist Job Role, Department of Women and Child Development for the training of stakeholders of Child care institutes and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) International for the conduct of skill development training for Himachali youth.