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Government has inked US $150 million loan agreement with multilateral lender Asian Development Bank (ADB) for establishing India’s first Global Skills Park park in Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh. It will have training facilities focusing on skills for manufacturing, service and advanced agricultural jobs, benefitting about 20,000 trainees and trainers.
Global Skills Park (GSP)
It will be equipped with international training facilities to enhance the quality of Madhya Pradesh’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. It will engage international TVET partners to support advanced training by bringing global best practices in TVET management, training infrastructure, industry cooperation and quality assurance.
The campus will consist of core Advanced Training Institutes including Center for Advanced Agricultural Training and Center for Occupational Skills Acquisition as well as other support services focusing on entrepreneurship, training of trainers and skill-related research.
It will also help in modernizing 10 industrial training institutes across state by renovating training infrastructure and upgrading skills courses to align with industry and market needs. It will improve quality and relevance of state’s TVET programs and will help impart advanced job-ready skills training of international standards.
Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved proposal for introduction of Bill in Parliament for amendment of National Institutes of Design (NID) Act, 2014 for establishing four new NIDs across the country.
These four new NIDs are
- National Institute of Design, Amaravati/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
- National Institute of Design, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
- National Institute of Design, Jorhat, Assam.
- National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra, Haryana.
Key Features of Bill
The amendment will bring these four new NIDs within ambit NID Act, 2014 and to declare them as Institutions of National Importance (INIs) at par with NID, Ahmedabad. The proposed Bill also brings makes some minor amendments to this Act such as to include consequential amendments considered necessary to re-name NID Vijayawada as NID Amaravati and nomenclature of Principal Designer as equivalent to Professor.
Establishment of new NIDs as Institutions of National Importance in different geographical regions of country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design sector which in turn, will create job opportunities, both direct and indirect. It will also provide sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large scale enterprises; and outreach programmes for capacity, capability and institution building.