Union skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his ministry is interested in setting up an International Skill Centre in Assam and asked the state government to allot a suitable land in and around Guwahati for the purpose.
Terming it as a good move, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this would be a big fillip considering government’s Act East Policy that will open up the frontiers with neighbouring countries of South East Asia.
In a discussion in New Delhi, the Union minister said that the Centre would extend 100 per cent support to Assam’s skill development mission initiatives.
The minister said the MSDE under Kaushal Vikas Yojana would extend Central support in opening up of small centres for skill development. NSDC team will assist the state in developing the project, he added. In this context, the minister suggested for signing of MoU in which there can be provision for imparting other skills in these centres.
Senior officials of the state government said that the state is ready to hand over 10 buildings to the skill development ministry for converting them into state-of-the-art skilling centres.
On drivers’ training centres in the state, the senior officials apprised the minister that a 10-acre land parcel on lease will be provided for these centres along with land belonging to Assam State Transport Corporation for skill centres all over the state. A MoU will be signed between the state and the centre for jointly operating these centres by NSDC and MSDE.
Rudy expressed his ministry’s desire to set up training centres in tribal areas where the educated girls will be provided job-linked training, including taking care of the aged and elderly and asked the state government to submit a proposal.