Conclave Session: Skilled in Odisha – Skilled for Future
November 13, 2018 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Seminar Hall: Subarnarekha
- The objective of this 2-hour session on ‘Skilled in Odisha – Skilled for Future’ is to provide a platform to deliberate on the broad areas of strengths and opportunities for Odisha in skilling and how “Skilled in Odisha is Skilled for Future”.
- Odisha is the 9th largest State in terms of Area, 11th largest in terms of Population and 3rd Largest State in terms of Tribal Population of India. The State is experiencing steady economic growth above the national average. Industry and Service Sectors are the main drivers of economic growth of the State. As per the National Skill Development Corporation State Skill Survey for Odisha, the demand for semi-skilled and skilled worker will increase substantially in the next ten years and cumulative Demand-Supply gap for the skilled worker is estimated to be about 4 million by 2026. It is also pertinent to mention that Odisha is a net exporter of skilled professionals to other parts of India and world.
- In order to change the skill landscape, Government of Odisha has created Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) in May 2016. The objective behind Odisha Skill Development Authority is to provide direction to the various skill development initiatives in the State. The idea is to put in place an umbrella organization which would take charge of setting the vision and harmonize the efforts of different agencies within the government and outside the Government engaged in skill development.
- One of the focus area identified by the OSDA is the need to make skills aspirational for the youth and create a differentiated product. That is how the idea of ‘Skilled-in-Odisha’ came to the fore.
- To begin with, OSDA identified three deliverables, besides creating employable skills for 1.1 million young people over a 5 years period between 2014 and 2019. These are 1) In a timeframe of three years, corporate India should "lock-in" talent in Odisha ahead of its manpower requirement, 2) Between three to five years, Odisha should become a Global destination for skill-employers, 3) Finally, over a period of 5 years, Odisha should be able to create models of skill development which would be useful for implementation elsewhere. In other words, the "Odisha Model" will be known for innovation outside the State.
In a short journey so far, Odisha Skill Development Authority has achieved many milestones to revitalize the skill ecosystem in the State:-
- Upgrading of Government ITIs at par with institutes of national repute with international collaboration.
- Identifying Role Model and setting up of Hall of fame at every Government ITI.
- Defining the Mission, Vision and Values for Government ITIs.
- Collaboration with ITEES Singapore for various Skill Development intervention in State.
- Training of 100 Principals/Vice Principals at ITE Singapore.
- Scaling up Short Term Skilling Program. No-1 State in India for implementation of the DDU-GKY.
- Establishing World Skill Center in Bhubaneswar with the support of Asian Development Bank for Future and Advance Skilling.
- Linking skill training with entrepreneurship through a programme called ‘The Nano-Unicorn’.
- Grand Success at India Skills 2018, National Skill Competition
To us, “Skill” is not just about employment, it is about transforming lives. In fulfilling that goal, we are set to build a brand “Skilled-in-Odisha”. In the sessions that follow, we have twin objectives. First, we want high quality employees to know that we are creating the best skilled professionals here. Second, we want great skill training organizations to engage with us to try new ideas and concepts using us as a sandbox of innovation.
During the session, prominent leaders from the Industry, Sector Skill Councils, senior officials from Centre and State Government and representatives from the Training Providers will deliberate on the outlook for the sector and the opportunities for skilling in Odisha. The key topics of discussion shall include:
- Strengths of Odisha in skilling.
- Changing global skill sets requirements.
- Odisha’s readiness to meet the changing needs.
Representatives from the Industry, Recruiters and Training Providers are welcome to attend and participate in the deliberations.