Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates India’s First Skill India International Centre at SDI Bhubaneswar



Bhubaneswar, 16 April :Underscoring Prime Minister’s vision of making India the Skill Capital of the World, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurshipand Minister of Education,today announced that India’s first Skill India International Centre will be set up at SDI Bhubaneshwar, in collaboration between Skill Development Institute (SDI), Bhubaneswar and NSDC international (NSDCI).  The centre will be establishedfor training of Indian youth per international standards,with an aim to enhance overseas opportunities for the skilled workforce.

Shri Pradhan also launchedaNational Academy for Skill Teachersthat will be set up at SDI campus for skill training of teachers and assessors.

An MoU was exchanged between Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO & Officiating CEO, NSDCand Mr. Sanjay Srivastava, CEO,SDI Bhubaneswar,in presence of Hon’ble Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, OSDA and Shri Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Chairman, SDI, Bhubaneswar, and Director (HR), IOCL. Under this collaboration, Skill India International Centrewill be setup for high-quality training of Indian youth, especially the aspirants from Odisha aiming to work overseas.  The centre will host training facilities to provide skills as per the demand of international employers in countries like UAE, Canada, Australia and other GCC regions.  The Skill India International Centre will also have a wide network of partneringorganisations and overseas recruiters to facilitate supply of skilled and certified workforce in other countries.  These partnering organisations will work with NSDC and SDI for aggregating demand from overseas markets.  The centre will have services such as mobilisation, counselling, skill training, pre-departure orientation, foreign language training, placement and immigration and post-placement support.

Further, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between NSDCI and Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) to promote international workforce mobility for skilled and certified workers from Odisha to other countries.   NSDCI will help in aggregating demand from different countries and will help in capacity building of the state; and OSDA will support in awareness, training and funding of the candidates who aspire to work overseas.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Education & Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, “Bridging the gap between overseas employers and skilled Indian youth, Skill India International Centre is a pivotal step towards accelerating international workforce mobility from Odisha.  An international training centre and two world-class national academies at SDI will augment India’s ambition of developing a workforce that not only meets the demand of the country, but also positions India to be a leading provider of workforce to the world”

Shri Pradhan further added, “Global labour mobility and digital transformations would be the engines of twenty-first-century growth.  As work strategies go through a global shift, a world of opportunities awaits India’s youth. Skilling in India is witnessing some great reforms and policy interventions, which are playing a vital role in reinvigorating and re-energising the country’s workforce. We are determined to keep up the momentum and are focusing on building a quality-enhancing and demand-driven learner-centric skill ecosystem. I believe that with such strong partnerships and skill development initiatives concentrating on international mobility, India’s youth will be prepared for future of work, revitalising the world economy.”

Besides the Skill India International Centre, one more academy will be set up at SDI, Bhubaneswar.  The National Academy for Skill Teacherswill be established that will be delivering skilling of teachers and assessors in alignment with emerging needs of the industry. This academy would be equipped with best facilities, infrastructure, equipment for delivering quality training programs.  The academy would identify and evaluate impact of emerging trends in teaching and skill delivery and would prepare skill training staff for the emerging job roles.

On this occasion, an MoU was exchanged between Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, Director, NSDCI and Mr. Tariq Chauhan, Chairman, EFS Facilities Group to explore collaboratively, possibilities of establishing skilling and training hubs across India and globally for promoting mobility of trained, skilled and certified Indian workforce overseas.  EFS Facilities Group is an integrated facilities management service, operation and maintenance solution provider across the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, and
South Asia) region. EFS has a decade of Middle East facilities management experience with the operational capability to deliver bespoke solutions throughout the region and in local markets.

The representatives of various UAE companies were present at the event.  MoUs were also signed withEASA Saleh Al Gurg, a multidivisional business conglomerate in UAE; Khansaheb – one of the leading construction companies in UAE; Reliant HR Consultancy– a well-established manpower sourcing company; andESPA – a service provider in plumbing in UAE.

About National Skill Development Corporation
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, is a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) that aims to catalyse the creation of quality vocational training ecosystem in India. Since inception in 2010, NSDC has trained over 3 crore people through its collaboration with 600+ training partners and over 11,000 training centres spread across 600+ districts in the country. NSDC has established 37 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and implements the Government’s flagship skill development schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK), National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), among others.

NSDC International Ltd. is a subsidiary of National Skill Development Corporation that is driving Skill India International Mission of making India the Skill Capital of the World. The vision is to transform India as a preferred partner country for sourcing skilled and certified workforce across the globe.  Its objective is to be create an internationally benchmarked quality skills ecosystem and cements its position as a global supplier for quality talent.  It offers global job opportunities for resident Indians and global career mobility for overseas Indians.

Skill India International- Project TEJAS for UAE Market
International job opportunities for India is estimated to be 3.6 million in the next 5 years of which 70% can be potentially placed in the GCC countries and the remaining in Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, Far East Russia and Malaysia.  NSDC International, a subsidiary of NSDC, working under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, is enabling an internationally benchmarked skills ecosystem for overseas mobility of Indian workforce.
Last month, NSDC International launched project TEJAS  in UAE.  The project has been designed to ensure that competitive and certified workers are placed in UAE. It aims to converge with existing skill development programs and leverage training infrastructure of India
such as Skill India’s International Skilling Centre Network, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs), Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), other skill training institutes (Private/Public) operating under Central and State Governments to ensure sourcing and supply of potential candidates. The program aims to be aspirational and will ensure that best of talent from the network of skill development institutions is part of this opportunity.

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