Amid the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic, the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) Wednesday inked for Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to enhance the skill competency and employability of youths in the state. The pacts were inked coinciding with the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD).
The first virtual MoU was shared between Rashmita Panda, Director, Employment cum CEO, OSDA and Nishtha Satyam, DeputyCountry Representative, UN Women.
The partnership with UN Women will lead to the design and implementation of ongoing and new skilling initiatives from a gender perspective and thereby contributing to Women Empowerment and Gender Equality.
The second MoU was shared between Reghu G, Director, technical education & training and Sakhyasingha, Founder, SAK Robotics. SAK Robotics will progressively cover all ITIs in the State to create exposure for ITI students to include robotics skills in their respective domains.
The third MoU was shared between Rashmita Panda, Director, Employment and CEO, OSDA and Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera. The collaboration with Coursera as a response to COVID-19 pandemic will facilitate the up-skilling and re-skilling of youth from the state of Odisha in the areas of latest courses like Data Science, Technology etc.
The fourth MoU was shared between OSDA and TimesPro (Partner of SAP). Partnership with Times Pro (Partner of SAP) will enable Skilled-in- Odisha youth from government engineering and professional institutes to get trained in SAP ERP courses that will enable them to compete in the global market place for better opportunities and also create a talent pool for the Information Technology (IT) Industry both in India and in our State.
This was shared between Rashmita Panda and Anish Srikrishna, CEO, Bennett Coleman and Company Limited (Times Professional Learning) and Rajesh Musaliyath, COO, Digital Services, SAP.
Congratulating everyone on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik said, “ I am glad to learn that in these testing times when the COVID 19 pandemic has raised new challenges to mankind, the skill ecosystem of Odisha has taken a giant step forward in innovation for facing the emergent challenges. I am confident that their collaborations will lead to more opportunities for our youth at the global level and will make skill aspirational for them.”
Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, OSDA and Premanand Nayak, Minister for skill development & technical education (SD & TE) also addressed the digital meet.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, SD & TE department presented the inaugural address and Reghu G, Director offered the vote of thanks.
The aim of WYSD is to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. The theme for the 2020 World Youth Skills Day is ‘Skills for a Resilient Youth’.
In the past, as a part of the celebration, various events used to be organized in the state to attract youth to the world of skills and make skills aspirational for them. In view of the pandemic, this year the World Youth Skills Day is being celebrated virtually.
Various webinars have been organized by our leading ITIs involving industry leaders to attract youth to the skill ecosystem and to provide them with the opportunity to explore new avenues for sustainable livelihood.
Article Written By Dibyajit Sahu
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