Himachal cabinet approves skill upgradation programme

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh cabinet today decided to introduce skill upgradation programmes aimed at providing specific training to unskilled and skilled manpower to meet the requirements in specialised fields like agro-based industry, light engineering, hydro electric, hospitality, construction and pharma sectors.

Initially, these skill upgradation courses of three to six months would be introduced in seventeen selected industrial training institutes (ITI) under PPP mode by Indian Institute of Skill Upgradation (IISD) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The aim of the skill upgradation courses was to bridge the projected technical skill gap of 4.5 lakh by the year2017. When fully operational, the programme would produce an additional 12,000 to 15,000 skilled persons annually.

The cabinet also decided to bring 102 additional gram panchayats in Kangra, Mandi, Hamirpur, Una, Kullu, Chamba, Solan and Sirmour districts under the fold of Mid Himalayan Watershed Development Project.

The number of beneficiary gram panchayats has been increased to 704 with a revised project cost of  Rs. 510 crore and the project period has been increased by three years.

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