Punjab Govt To Set Up 50 Colleges, 2000 Skill Training Centres For Women Empowerment

Sukhbir Singh Badal

Under the ‘Skill India Mission’ Punjab Government has proposed to set up 50 colleges, 2,000 Centres for Women Empowerment.

The Punjab Government is all set to establish 50 skill-training colleges for girls under the Skill India Mission while another 2,000 centres will come up at village level to improve the skills of girls. The final decision was taken in a high-level meeting which was headed over by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and other distinguished guests like Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur and state cabinet ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, Sikander Singh Maluka and Surjit Singh Rakhra.

As per the reports given by the officials, these colleges will run under the aegis of Punjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University. The expenditure that would be incurred on the establishment of these colleges will be somewhere around Rs. 20 lakhs per each. The duration of the courses offered will range from one month to not more than three months for unemployed girls to become self-sufficient through the establishment of stores / units leading to the empowerment of rural women. The government recently has also announced that 300 exam helpline centres for students will be set up across the state for providing assistance and career counselling guidance.

The state universities have been issued the orders to come out with such courses / training programs in consultation with the departments of Industry and Trade, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Labor, Agriculture and Food Processing so as to Empower the Rural women of India.

The colleges will act as a boon to the students who are interested in entrepreneurship, who have a desire to launch their “start-ups, self-employment ventures or setup their own units to become entrepreneurs and job providers”.

While addressing the gathering on this auspicious occasion, Mr. Badal said under the “Skill India Mission, the state government has chalked out various short term courses, ranging from one month to three months duration, for unemployed girls to become self-reliant by establishing shops/units leading to the empowerment of rural women.”

Moreover On September 12, 2015 on the occasion of fourth convocation of IIT Bhubaneswar while Delivering the convocation address Smriti Irani encouraged the students to take up entrepreneurship under the flagship programme Start-up India, Stand up India.

During the last days of the August month Gujarat University representatives have demanded funding from State government to support start-up policy in lieu of the scheme which was introduced the citizens of India on the occasion of 69th Independence Day.

Further Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to keep a regular check over the devising, designing and selection of these courses with the help of various departments and training institutes as per the requirements of different types of industries.

The Deputy CM also made an announcement that under the ‘Skill Punjab’ programme, the state government would also set up 2,000 skill centres adjoining the already established sewa kendras in rural areas.

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