Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that 1 lakh youth would be provided skill traning under the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) as skill development plays a vital role in upgrading the skills of the youth.
Presiding over the ‘Kaushal Himachal, Samridh Himachal’ skill conclave today, he said that the State Government had established HPKVN to synergize skill and livelihood training programmes of different Departments for the youth. The State government has also initiated Rs. 640 crore ADB funded HP Skill Development Project which would improve employment opportunities for youth in the State, he said. “ I am happy to know that HPKVN has signed several memorandum of understanding on Skill development with various industrial organizations with an aim to increase employment opportunities” Mr. Singh said.
He urged all industry members, associations and Sector Skill Councils to actively consider associating with HPKVN with them, so that the training efforts of the Nigam are seamlessly integrated to industrial requirements. The Chief Minister said that State Government had launched the Skill Development Allowance Scheme which is being successfully implemented in the State by the State Government which has benefited over one lakh youth. He said that a budget outlay of Rs. 100 crore have been provided for the Skill Development Allowance Scheme for 2016-17. He said that State Government has started vocational education in 500 schools where 35 thousand students are learning various trades.
Virbhadra Singh said that at present the HPKVN has rolled out its Pilot Training Programme, wherein training will be provided to about 1080 youths from 6 districts in the listed 8 sectors viz. Kangra (Retail & Hospitality), Solan (Textiles & Life Sciences), Shimla (IT/ITes), Mandi (Furniture & Fittings), Nahan-Paonta (Automobile) & Kullu (Hospitality).