The government has announced the setting up of a Skill City at Mangoldoi in Darrang
The Assam government has decided to impart skill development programmes to as many as 18000 surrendered militants with the aim to enhance their employment options.
Assam’s Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Minister Chandra Mohan Patwary said that the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) has joined hands with Assam Police for the programme that will select surrendered rebels from the entire state. He added that the government was also planning to set up foreign language learning centers to open up avenues of employment for the unemployed youth.
Militants belonging to different insurgent outfits have come over ground almost at regular intervals since the early 1990s beginning with a section of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). Subsequently, rebels from Bodoland Liberation Tigers, National Democratic Front of Boroland and Dima Halam Daogah have also surrendered before the government.
The decision to include surrendered rebels in the programme is part of the larger goals that have been firmed up by the mission in the state. Patowary also informed that ASDM had signed a MoU with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore to set up a Multi-Skill Education Institute in Assam where 400 students will be trained every year in retail, tourism and hospitality and beauty and wellness. The institute will be regularly visited by the faculty from Singapore.
Earlier, the government had announced the setting up of a Skill City at Mangoldoi in Darrang about 60 east of the state capital Guwahati. Currently, there are 369 skill development centers imparting training on 150 different trades operating in the state. The government’s target is to train 1.50 lakh youths in the current financial year.
The government-funded Placement
Linked Skill Development Training Programme (PLSDTP) has been launched covering all skill development schemes with a target to cover 6 lakh people by 2020.
ASDM began implementing the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) through the Directorate of Employment and Craftsman Training (DECT) for ITI students. ASDM will empanel vocational training providers to impart training under NAPS giving special focus on short-term skill programmes.
While interacting with reporters, Mission Director Anand Prakash Tiwari informed that steps have been taken to utilise unused government buildings to impart skill programmes. So far 11 such buildings have been selected for training courses under the Recruit-Train-Deploy (RTD) model. These institutes will be called Advanced Skill Training Institutes (ASTIs).
The mission has also developed a mobile application called DAKSHA which stands for Digital Access to Knowledge and Skilled Human Resource of Assam. Aspiring students can register for training programmes using the mobile app which will also facilitate monitoring of training centers online. DAKSHA will be formally launched on 15th August 2018.
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