'SC/ST students in post metric hostels to be trained'

First of its kind HRD centre in PPP model opened in Mangalore

Labour Minister B N Bache Gowda inaugurating first ever Employment Exchange turned HRD centre in Mangalore on Wednesday. DH photo

Speaking after inaugurating the first ever Employment Exchange turned HRD centre in the state run under Public Private Partnership mode in association with Team Lease Staffing Solutions in Mangalore on Wednesday, he said as a pilot project 85 students each are already getting trained in Shimoga and Jayanagara in Bangalore. The training will be provided by NIIT. The selected students are being provided training for 150 hours. The state has 1,763 hostels. Of which 500 are for SC/ST hostels.

Stating that Mangalore is an education hub next to Bangalore, Gowda said Mangalore was chosen as the location for the first centre just because every requirement fell in place at first in the coastal city.

Job fairs successful

In the job fairs conducted by Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC), as many as 1,75,000 youths have taken part. Of which 72,000 have received employment letter. Nearly 72,000 are getting trained in skills.
MLA U T Khader said the HRD centre should be expanded to rural areas. The centre should be made approachable by the commonman.

Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) Executive Director Dr Vishnukanth S Chatpalli said that that the centre has been conceived as an attempt to reorient, revamp and restructure the employment exchanges in the state to make them more relevant and productive.

Facilities

The modern HRD centres will have all the facilities like online registration, counselling, assessment, evaluation and placement to meet the current requirements of the industries. The infrastructure, facilities and necessary equipment and software for the centre will be provided by KVTSDC while the service, assessment and placement solutions shall be provided by a private company Team Lease Staffing Solutions.
As many as 782 job aspirants have registered their names in the newly conceived HRD centre in Mangalore. Of which, 760 have undergone skill assessment test. 21 were given Skill Assessment and Employment letter on the occasion.

District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar, Team Lease Staffing Solutions Managing Director Ashok Reddy, Mayor Shanker Bhat, Employment and Training Commissioner S R Umashankar, MCC Co mmissioner Dr Vijayaprakash and others were present.

Value-added services

HRD centre will provide the following value added services to the unemployed and the employment industry.

- Generating the demand in the industry;
- Skill assessment;
- Skill training as per MES;
- Organising job fairs/co-ordinating interviews;
- Employment assistance;
- Registration of the job seekers;
- Counselling;
- NCVT certification.


‘Knowledge, skill bank’

NRI Cell Deputy Chairman Capt Ganesh Karnik said Employment Exchange turned HRD centre should think of having ‘Knowledge and skill bank’ and ‘Overseas Workers Facilitation Centre’ for which NRI Cell would provide all the needed support.

He said Executive Director of Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) Dr Vishnukanth S Chatpalli can hold talks with the Ministry of Overseas and start a facilitation centre to provide training to the unorganised labourers who go to Gulf countries in search of job.

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