Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Jan 6:
Odisha Employment, Technical Education and Training (ETE &T) Minister Sanjay Dasburma today sought more funds and central cooperation to implement schemes of Central Government.
Speaking at the conference of Technical Education Ministers from across the country convened by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani at ‘Vigyan Bhavan’ here today, Dasburma urged the Union Government to provide financial assistance to technical universities to implement Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), set up regional offices of AICTE, NBA, NACR, Board of Practical Training and set up a Technical Teachers Training and Research Institute in the state.
He further requested the Central Government to establish a community colleges, issue special grants to government engineering colleges of the state under nation higher education schemes, include technical universities in technical development program-3 of the central government, set up skill development centres at Grampanchayat level, establish ITIs in blocks where it is nonexistent (more so in 14 Maoist infested blocks) and to turn all 30 district employment exchanges to Ideal Career Guidance Centres.
The minister said, “Due to availability of natural resources and associated infrastructure, Odisha is on a path of rapid industrialization and has attracted an investment of about Rs 7 Lakh crores from industries and business communities.”
“In order to match the technical manpower requirement, Odisha government is taking adequate measures. The state has targeted a meaningful employment of 5-10 Lakh skilled workers through the Odisha State Employment Mission under the Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Scheme from this year,” Dasburma added.
Highlighting the achievements of his government, the minister said the Odisha government is creating a positive atmosphere to increase productivity in the unorganized sector and fast-forwarding phase-2 efforts to enhance the quality of technical education in 22 polytechnics, College of Engineering and Technology (CET) and Vir Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT).
“Odisha is determined to implement the CBCS and CFS, improve standards of technical education and skill upgradation of unorganized labour force in the state. We seek the active participation and cooperation of Central Government for successful transition of these initiatives,” said Dasburma.