Punjab Government is quite serious about taking the youth of Punjab to next level by helping them gain industrial skills. Government’s ‘Skill Punjab’ project is aimed particularly at providing the youth with carious opportunities to gain skills and be an asset to their families and the state. In a recent move, the State Government has decided to set up 50 skill training colleges for girls. In addition, 2,000 skill training centres shall also be set up at village levels across the state.
These colleges shall be affiliated to eminent universities in the state including Panjab University, Punjabi University andGuru Nanak Dev University. Each college will be opened at a cost of Rs. 20 Lakh for 300 students and short term courses will be run by these colleges. Students will trained and guided in these colleges enabling them to launch their startups, self–employment ventures or setup their own units to become entrepreneurs and job providers.
The short term courses shall be of limited duration ranging from one to three months. These courses will help unemployed girls to become self-reliant by establishing shops/units leading to the empowerment of rural women.Course and training programmes will be designed in consultation with the departments of Industry and Commerce, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Labour, Agriculture and Food Processing. 2000 skill centres will also be established adjoining sewa kendras that will impart training in skill oriented short term courses/modules for rural youth in a cluster of 4-5 villages.
Key motive of the government behind these major moves is to make the youth self reliant and part of growth oriented activities undertaken by the State. Further, the students will be aided financially by arranging them loans from commercial banks. Sales counters will be set up for the entrepreneurs and self help groups (SHGs) at tehsil complexes, hospitals and other existing government or other buildings/complexes to help them in the marketing of products.
Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI) is also implementing skill development scheme which will unveil huge potential and scope for skilling people to be self employed and become employment creators rather than being employment seekers. With such initiatives by the state, Punjab will soon become self sufficient in all sorts of goods and services. Also, this will greatly elevate the living standard of the state which is already at number one in the country.