Secy Information Technology reviews preparations for ESDM scheme

Secretary IT Saugat Biswas chairing a meeting on Saturday.
Secretary IT Saugat Biswas chairing a meeting on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 17: Secretary to Government, Information Technology Department, Saugat Biswas in a meeting today reviewed preparations for skill development training in the Electronic System Design and Maintenance (ESDM) sector.
The meeting was attended by the Key Implementing Agencies (KIAs) viz National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), GoI; Electronic Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) & Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), both autonomous industry led bodies affiliated to the National Skill Development Corporation, and the State Implementing Agency, JaKeGA (J&K e-Governance Agency).
J&K e-Governance Agency, which is the State Implementing Agency for the scheme, had recently invited applications from desirous candidates for undergoing the training in 24 different National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aligned Courses. Over 13,500 candidates are to be supported under the scheme in the State in 5 levels of vocational skill development courses. Apart from other decisions taken in the meeting, readiness of training partners in terms of availability of training infrastructure, qualified and NSQF compliant resource persons was emphasized. All the training centres will be inspected and only centres well equipped to provide quality training to the students will be allowed, said Secretary IT.
Saugat Biswas informed that the IT Department through the KIAs and their over 79 Training Partners spread across the State will impart training in 15 different vocational courses. The training partners will also be tying up with the industry, local as well as outside the State for providing employment to the successful candidates. Over 5500 candidates will be trained in the current financial year, and around 8500 candidates will be trained in the next year, he added.
The scheme will subsidize 100 percent course fee for SC/ST/EWS candidates and 75 percent for the rest, focusing on students/unemployed youth at 8th-10th standard onwards, ITI, Diploma, Engineering Graduates, Non-engineering graduates, etc with the aim of increasing their employability to work in ‘Manufacturing’ and ‘Service Support’ sector.
The Officer in Charge, NIELIT, J&K, Krishna Murthi; Dy Director, Jai Khurana participated in the review from Jammu; Regional Head (North) TSSC, P N Monga and Regional Head North ESSCI, Virendar Dhiman also joined the meeting from Chandigarh through video conference.