JSPL launches O.P. Jindal Community College on its founder’s B’day in Angul


ANGUL: On the 82nd birth day of late Om Prakash Jindal, founder of the USD 15 billion O.P. Jindal group, Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) on Sunday initiated the O.P. Jindal Community College (OPJCC) here in Angul (Odisha).

The college partnering with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), is meant to strengthen employability of the local youths and introduce an alternative system of competency based skill oriented technical and vocational training.

Addressing a strong gathering of 1000 villagers and School Teachers from the periphery of JSPL  the chief guest, Amarnath Pradhan, Member of Parliament appreciated the efforts made by JSPL towards the  holistic improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the local people.

“In comparison to other industries in the district, I thank JSPL for its sincere efforts to make the life of local people better” he said. Adding that local people are still skeptic about employment in local industries Pradhan said “Industry should   flourish  but it must have positive impact on the  sustainable livelihoods of the local people”.

Pradhan added that OP  Jindal  Community College is an honest attempt to improve the employability of the local youth, there by creating opportunities for the Industries to induct quality local man power. In turn the local  youths will have employment with dignity in their neighborhood.

Elaborating about the rich natural resources of the state, Khageswar Behera, MLA, Chhendipada constituency as  the Guest of Honour on the occasion said “Being rich with minerals we cannot go poor.

Hence I thank Mr. Naveen Jindal for setting up his plant in our area which would explore the resources and  contribute to the local prosperity as well ”.

Behera also added that “There is a new era of progress after industries started value addition in Orissa pursuant to the present Govt’s Policy . And OPJCC is a noble initiative to help us grow and to enable the Youth to work with pride”.

Besides imparting  several trade based skills to the youth , OPJCC  is specially designed to equip the school dropouts or late entrants with various skills of  high employment potential  in the Industries.

The OPJCC, a sustainable development initiative of the O.P. Jindal group is dedicated towards the improvement of the marginalized segment of our locality.

It would be creating opportunities for the youths of Odisha to become the largest pool of skilled and technically trained human resource thereby enabling them to get employment in the nearby industries.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Jha, Executive Director, JSPL, Angul said “It’s not important to be highly educated to get a job. What is important is to get appropriate skills to deliver according to the need of the employer. There needs to be a matching need between the  need profile of the industry and the skill profile of the job aspirants.

And that’s why OPJCC is launched  to provide proper skills to our youths in  proper matching of the  operating and upcoming needs of the Industries ”. Citing the example of the 12th century sun temple of Odisha, Jha said “Konark was not built by highly educated people.

But it was built by highly skilled people. So, it’s important to know how skilled they were rather identifying their education”.

Jha also appreciated the support and active participation of the local community in setting the plant.“This is the first steel plant in the world which is being built by the community itself. It will also be the largest integrated steel plant of the world that will produce 20MT steels per annum” he added.

The OP Jindal  Community College will be established near  Maratira,  15 km away from Angul on the Sambalpur Highway.

Among other speakers on the dais, Miss Mariam Karter, Director, OPJCC, P.S. Dhillon, Sr.Vice President, Coal Gasification Plant, Prashant Kumar Hota, Associate Vice President, CSR, P.W. Singh, Principal, OPJCC, Angul and S.K. Mohapatra, Associate Vice President, HR of JSPL  were also present on the occasion.

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