Indian Institute of Skills in state if govt allots land: Union minister

Indian Institute of Skills in state if govt allots land: Union minister

Union Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde, on Sunday said, the Union government is keen to establish Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in the state.

Addressing reporters in a press conference, here, the minister said, "The Union government is ready to establish IIS in the state if the state government provides the land required for the same. The government has already established a IIS at Kanpur and planning to establish in other states too," he informed.

Hegde said, "International Skill Centers have been set up at various parts of the country to impart skills among the youths. The government planned to open such centers at all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. Already a total of 285 are functioning. All the centers will start activities by the end of 2018," he said.

Hegde said, the Ministry has urged the state governments to conduct a survey to analyse skill gap. According to the minister, the employment sector will witness drastic change in next two decade. "As per the survey, about 67% of employment sector will undergo change in next 20 years and thus we need to identify the changes, which may take place, to impart training to the youth accordingly," he said.

The Union government has launched 'Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion' (SANKALP). Under the scheme, ITI and Polytechnic courses will be upgraded, he informed.

Hegde said the Ministry has been concentrating more on IT training in Karnataka as there is good opportunity in the sector. Short-term courses have been introduced in Karnataka too, he added.

Earlier in the day, the minister interacted with the youths, ideapreneurs and budding entrepreneurs about the skill development and the various schemes launched by the Ministry.

Skill on Wheels

A programme 'Skill on Wheels', to create awareness about the skill development, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, various schemes, will begin in Mysuru from Monday.

The teams will approach the students and new entrepreneurs to provide them information about the skill development.

The programme has been planned to create awareness about skill development among the people.

Hegde said, the programme will be conduced in 100 different places in the state. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, which came into existence in 2014, has trained 1.5 crore youths, he informed.

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