Punjab govt to take steps for skill development of youth
Punjab government on Tuesday said it plans to help one lakh youths develop their skills in the next three years to meet the human resource requirement of upcoming industry.

Presiding over the investors summit, A R Talwar, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab, said TATA has signed an MoU with the Punjab government to set up a skill training academy at Ropar.

An official release quoting Talwar said skill development would focus on supply-demand mismatch in employment generation, skill gaps, migration, linking vocational and academic training, updating curriculum to constantly engage youth and technology upgradation.

Talwar called upon entrepreneurs to set up engineering colleges, polytechnics, R&D institutions in the Education City coming up in New Chandigarh, for which 1500 acres of land has already been acquired.

He said Punjab was recognised as a leader in skill and education and a UNDP report had ranked Punjab third in India on the Human Development Index. Moreover, Punjab School Education was ranked first among states in Composite Education Development Index of India.

He said there was abundant availability of talent with 101 engineering colleges offering 35 courses and training 43,784 graduate engineers every year.

He said 181 Polytechnics and 378 ITIs were imparting training to Punjabi youth in 120 trades and every year, 1.25 lakh trained apprentice were being offered to the industry.

Talwar said Multi-Skill Development Centres were training 15,000 youths in every centre annually.

Moreover, private training providers were training 10,000 youths annually with 70 per cent assured placements.