Empowering youth with skills key to employability: Mehbooba

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Empowering youth with skills key to employability: Mehbooba 
KG News Desk
Srinagar, May 11: Stressing upon empowering large sections of conventionally-educated youth with skills to enhance their employability, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Wednesday passed directions to put an appropriate mechanism in place which brings together all projects of skill development, presently being implemented by different departments.
For this, she nominated Financial Commissioner, P&M, B. B. Vyas, as the Nodal Head of the Skill Development initiatives so that activities of different departments are coordinated in a much better way. “The Chief Secretary will also create a structure for Skill Development Mission Society which shall oversee progress of skilling programmes of various departments,” she added.
The Chief Minister gave these directions during a high-level meeting on skill development, here today. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal K. Singh.
Highlighting the significance of providing our younger generation with skills and ability, Mehbooba Mufti, who also heads the State Skill Development Mission, said it is the task of different departments to concentrate in their areas of expertise so that youth are provided with base-level and up-graded skills, which will enable them to hunt for jobs which are in sync with market requirement.  “Our talented youth need opportunities. Converging skilling efforts as well as financial resources available with us will provide a clear line of action to enable the state to make further progress on this front,” she added.
While briefing the Chief Minister on the issue of convergence and building capacities, Dr. Drabu said that with the kind of infrastructure available at our disposal, it will be very difficult to achieve the targets, unless the intake capacity of our ITIs and Polytechnics is doubled. He also spoke about NASSCOM mapping wherein each district in the state has been evaluated in terms of a particular skill. “We have worked out a mechanism with private firms wherein our skilled youth will be trained by firms like HAL, BHEL, Bharti Infratel, NTPC and ONGC for corporate jobs,” he added.
The Chief Minister also suggested transforming ITIs into multi-skill institutes as well as roping in existing school and college infrastructure in the evenings to train more youth. “Our aim is not only to expand facilities for skill training, but also address the important task of raising their quality,” she added.
Describing skill as an integral part of employment, Mehbooba Mufti said it is vital that it should be complemented by commensurate creation of jobs in different economic sectors like tourism, agriculture, et al. She emphasized upon tapping the huge potential in creation of job opportunities in the floriculture and tourism sectors, particularly related to activities like landscaping, gardening and culinary.