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    Sonowal Pushes For Setting Up Of Assam Skill University, National Skill Training Institute

    Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought setting up of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) in the state and fast completion of the process for setting up the Assam Skill University.

    Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mahendra Nath Pandey called on Sonowal and discussed various issues related to skill development in Assam. The Union Minister visited the North East Skill Centre and interacted with its students at the Betkuchi campus on July 28th, 2019.

    Various issues related to skill development were discussed in the meeting including setting up of a Regional Skill Development Office in Assam. Pandey lauded the State Government’s initiative in establishing this centre of excellence at Guwahati, which is way ahead of the Government of India’s proposed centre at Mumbai.

    “Act East Policy has placed emphasis on India-ASEAN cooperation and students with specialised skills from North East can conquer the world, especially the vibrant South-East Asian market,” the Minister said while addressing the students and officials of Assam Skill Development Mission.

    The Union Minister also conducted his first regional review meeting at Guwahati with the Skill Ministers of North Eastern states, to ensure smooth coordination between Centre and States.

    The extension of the deadline for Prime Minister Kaushal Vikash Yojana (PMKVY) beyond 2020, requisition of modern machinery to the ITIs and handholding support for states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur were also discussed at the meeting. The Skill Development Ministers of these states deliberated in detail on these issues at the meeting. The Union Minister responded that focus will be on strengthening ITIs and NE states will be accorded bigger share in centrally-sponsored schemes.

    Assam Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary requested the Ministry to support and contribute to the Skill University being planned for Northeastern region and align it to nationally approved skill standards.

    Pandey also visited Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and reviewed the training in entrepreneurship development and professional development for youth.


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