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Purnendu harps on need for skill devp

Kolkata: Technical Education, Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Basu on Friday stressed upon the importance of skill development to create small scale job providers. He also called upon the need to train them appropriately to change the scenario of rural and peri-urban Bengal.
"This would arrest rural-urban migration and create meaningful economic activities in the state," Basu said at a seminar on "Changing Face of Skilling in India - Trends and Prospects", organised by Merchants' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
The minister mentioned particularly about targeting the crores of school dropouts and class VII pass-outs and focused on skill development for rooftop gardening, healthcare and wellness personnel, ayahs and domestic helps for babysitting, care giving for senior citizens, semi-skilled power loom workers and others.
Basu expressed concern about the changing focus and trend towards the service industry, which has destroyed certain traditional skill sets, enjoyed by the people in Bengal, from the districts of Howrah and others in particular.
He urged MCCI and the business community to come forward in mapping of skill requirements to draw the attention of the policy makers, so that crores of needy citizens can be benefitted.
He also mentioned about 16 skill sectors signing MoUs for national-level assessments and certification and also about creation of Rs 100 crore corpus for farmers for skill development by the state government.
The event was held in association with Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira, Belur and Don Bosco Technical Institutes, Liluah and Park Circus.
Speaking on mismatch of demand-supply requirements and outcome-based training, Swami Vedatitanandaji Maharaj, Correspondent, Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira, Belur pointed out that skill development is not just about creating a few job seekers, it is nothing short of nation building.

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