Bengal Chamber holds skill development summit

Kolkata, July 27 : Emphasising the need for skill development for citizens of the country, the business body Bengal Chamber organized a skill development summit here on Saturday. The summit began with a view to setting an agenda for upgradation of the less meritorious students so that they can undertake entrepreneurship as career thereby creating more job opportunities for other people of the country. Addressing the summit, "Eastern and North Eastern Skill development Summit", Parijat De, Director, Technical Education and Training, Govt. of WB, said, "Everybody in the country can not become doctor or engineer. So, what will happen to them? This is where the importance of skill development comes in." "We are planning to bring in 3 incubation centres throughout the state which will produce 80-100 entrepreneurs by 2017," he added. Talking about the challanges to accomplish the job he cited that project report, profitability estimation, comparative analysis, mobilization of investment are the key areas which the budding entrepreneurs must be made aware of. "To make matters worse the rules of GoWB are very stringent. They have to be communicated to the entrepreneurs in simple terms," De said. The average percentage of engagement per enterprise in Bengal MSME's is Micro - 6.3pc , Small - 49.6pc and Medium - 142.9pc , Govt data shows. "The WB Govt is in process to identify the potential of this programme through course induction with KIIT," noted De. Prof. Partha Sengupta, KIIT University in Odisha, talked at length about the initiative taken by the university. "KIIT has set a target of 500 million skill fully developed trainiees across the eastern region," he said . KIIT is an autonomous university in the eastern Indian state of Odisha which has trained people from the local region to become skill fully developed entrepreneurs. The summit also shed light upon the vocational training programme which will be imparted by India and Australia. Both the nations are planning to carry out skill development training in each other's homeland. Speaking at the summit, Tom Calder, Trade Commissioner, Austrade, said, "Australia is planning to impart vocational training in fields like agriculture, Mining, infrastructure, agro, coal, steel, IT etc." Australia has however not yet set any target as to how many people are going be trained under this programme.

--IBNS (Posted on 27-07-2013)

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