New Delhi: Rajasthan was awarded the prestigious Gold Trophy for the Best State in Skill Development for the second year in a row, at the ‘Skilling India Summit Cum Awards’ organised by ASSOCHAM, supported by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India in the capital today.
Representing the government of India, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, presided as the chief guest at the event, which also hosted key individuals from the skilling sector, including policy makers and regulators from Central and State Governments, investors, industry leaders, vocational training experts, representatives from academic institutes etc.
Accepting the trophy on behalf of Rajasthan Shri Gaurav Goyal, Commissioner of Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship-cum-Managing Director, Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC), said, “The convergence model is at the heart of Rajasthan’s skill development initiatives. Our utmost focus is on placements—over 65% of the youth who have been trained through our programmes have found employment or livelihood opportunities. We have also been able to create a robust MIS (Management Information System) to which our training partners have been given access. Today, in Rajasthan, more than 20,000 youth are getting training and over 2 lakh are registered on our system.”
Also present at the event were Rajasthan Minister of State for Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Shri Surender Pal Singh and Secretary of the department, Govt. of Rajasthan, Shri Rajat Kumar Mishra.
Addressing the gathering, Rajasthan Minister for Labour, Skill, Employment, and Entrepreneurship, Shri Surender Pal Singh said, “I would like to congratulate the state’s Chief Minister for the progress that she has brought into Rajasthan. Her efforts have been instrumental in reviving Rajasthan’s skill development scheme, and increased the State’s budget to over Rs. 1000 crore, which is the key to our success. Rajasthan has won its golden trophy because of the concerted efforts of Gaurav Goyal and his team members at RSLDC.”
Commenting on the sidelines of the event, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy stated, “I want to congratulate the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt Vasundhara Raje, who is herself leading skill development from the front, and she has been able to create a very successful program in Rajasthan, which is showing the way to other states.” Chief Minister Raje chairs the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood, the apex body for skill development programs in the state.
In recent years, the focus of the Rajasthan state government has been to ensure that both short-term skill training and long-term vocational training have strong industry linkages. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, had set a target of skilling 15 lakh youth in 5 years. Working towards the same, the Department of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship and the State Mission on Livelihood are facilitating the creation of a skilled workforce that meets the present and future requirements of employers across industries through a wide array of initiatives. Earlier this month, key budgetary outlays were made towards this respect–such as Rs. 58 crore for establishment of Centers of Excellence in 29 ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) in the next three years, and Rs. 354 crore for training 86,000 youth under Livelihood in Full Employment (LIFE) Scheme.
Rajasthan has also adopted a public-private partnership (PPP) approach towards skill development. In partnership with private sector companies like Toyota, Cairn, Samsung, Pidilite, Bosch, Caterpillar and Narayana Hrudalaya, and many such industries, the state has been able to impart vocational training to many young men and women in the state.
Key Achievements of Rajasthan in Skill Development:
• 1.11 lakh youth trained in 2014-2015 • 4000 youth given campus placement in ITIs, govt. technical colleges, etc.
• 4.74 lakh new EPF accounts created since 1 Jan 2014
• 279 new Skill Development Centres established
• 74,000 youth benefitted from employment camps
• 10 new Centres of Excellence established
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