AHMEDABAD: PSU Maharatna ONGC, country’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, has established 4th Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Adalaj, Ahmedabad, to meet the aspirations of the youth of Gujarat and neighboring States. Three SDI, at Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Vishakhapatnam in Adhra Pradesh and Kochi in Kerala already functional.
“With this initiative, opportunities for employment and income generation will open up for the youth of the country.”, ONGC said.
The first batch of 90 youths has been enrolled comprising of 76 students from SC/ST and OBC communities.
SDI is aligned towards National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi which aims to empower the youths through skill development training and capacity building at large scale.
“SDI is equipped to impart training in three trades i.e. Fitter Fabrication, Welding and Production Technician, through a six months’ residential program.”, statement said.
Aspire Disruptive Skill Foundation is the implementing partner for the programs.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated the Institute on September 23, 2017.
Pradhan said that nearly One Crore youth are seeking employment opportunities annually. To provide suitable jobs the youth need to be provided requisite skill enhancement training.
SDI being set up with the support of the oil sector companies are a major step in this direction.
“To meet the aspirations of the youth, Skill Development can’t be done by the Govt. only. It needs the support of PSEs, corporates, training institutes and industrial sector, all in a cohesive manner”, he said.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has established the Hydrocarbon Skill Council which would ensure setting up and functioning of six SDI in various states.
Oil PSUs viz. ONGC, IOC, HPCL, BPCL, OIL, GAIL, EIL and Balmer Lawrie have been entrusted responsibility of promoting these Institutes.