The central government proposes to set up 15 new technology centers for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in order to impart additional skills to the country’s youth as part of the efforts to create new jobs and provide skilled employment guarantee.
The central MSME minister Kalraj Mishra said these new technology centers would be in addition to the 18 centers functioning in the country. He made this comment while speaking to students at the Central Tool Room and Training Center (CTTC) at Bhubanewar in Odisha on Sunday.
The government has set ambitious targets for skill development in the country, with a new ministry functioning as a nodal agency to generate skill development initiatives across India in conjunction with other ministries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has highlighted the growing demand for skilled manpower across the world and set up the PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Mishra said the country already had 18 such MSME Technology Centers like the one at Bhubaneswar. “Out of all the centers, the one in the state capital has taken a lead in generating quality manpower,” he added.
The minister also suggested that the CTTCs must come up with integrated modules to help budding entrepreneurs receive adequate training in operations as well as facilities required to kick-start their ventures.
If the centers can set up facilities for students passing out from the courses, it would boost entrepreneurship in the country, which is critical for employment generation. State MSME secretary L N Gupta requested the central government to set up two more CTTCs in the state at Berhampur and Sambhalpur, regions of the state that has highest levels of unemployment.