Bhubaneswar: Pradip Kumar Amat, Minister Panchyati Raj & Drinking Water inaugurated Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Eexecutive Officer(CxO) Meet here on 16 March.
A CxO (Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Executive Officer) meet was held by ORMAS today to have an interface between the placement implementation partners, Sector Skill Councils and Employers under the DDU-GKY (Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojaja).
Around 50 employers, 60 PIAs and 30 Sector Skill Councils participated. Subroto Bagchi, Chairperson, Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) as Chief Speaker.
Sushil Lohani, Principal Secretary, PR & DW and Chairman ORMAS presided over the sessions.
Guha Poonam T, CEO ORMAS steered the sessions, spoke about the role of ORMAS in the skilling arena and the areas of collaboration.
Sri Amat congratulated ORMAS on the achievements of training and placement in DDU-GKY and encouraged all the employers, SSCs and PIAs to come together to bring a mutual and harmonious enrichment in efforts towards skill development
Addressing the gathering, Subroto Bagchi exhorted the “ Project Implementation Partners” and employers to pay good wages, good living conditions, enhance entrepreneurial skills by collaborating with the World Skill Center and to bring out the human element of the Skilling Eco-system in the state.
Sushil Lohani, Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water while emphasizing the need to have professionally managed training program at the PIA level. He further urged the employers to treat this endeavor as a social responsibility which will also improve their brand value and image.
The technical sessions were held to analyze the trends in the sectors across apparel, hospitality, construction, retail, electrical and electronics and healthcare. The sessions were moderated by Guha Poonam T, CEO, ORMAS and Prashant Sinha, MD, PWC with participation of SSCs and employers.
Since the inception in 2014, DDU-GKY in Odisha has trained 2,17,183 candidates and placed 1,50,705 candidates in various states and companies including 250 candidates in foreign countries. In 2022-23 also, around 15,000 candidates have already been trained and around 10,000 are placed.
A number of other initiatives are being taken in the skilling sector by ORAMS in plumbing and solar electrification, mining, Shipping and allied sectors. Some of the best practices in implementation of DDU-GKY by ORMAS being Migration Support Center, document and Aadhar verification, financial inclusion, National Institute of Open Schooling( NIOS) for distance education for placed candidates, parents and alumni meet and exposure visit to employer locations, have been listed as exemplary practices by MoRD to other states to follow.
The event also had delegates from the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, NABCONS-NABARD, and NIRD & PR, Hyderabad. A number of performing employers, PIAS and alumni were felicitated on the occasion.
Youth is the bedrock of a nation’s prosperity. Skilling youth to address the vast employability potential available and absorbing them in the vast spectra of livelihoods opportunities is the underlying theme of skills undertaken by ORMAS in the “Skilled in Odisha” context.
All the employers, CxO and Sector Councils agreed to come together to innovate, address skill gaps and take the skill set ecosystem, further through ORMAS in various fields including those for disadvantaged groups and CSR front.