The nine- member expert team of Asian Development Bank (ADB)-the funding agency of the proposed Advance Skill Development Training Institute (ASTI) Berhampur, visited the sites of ITI on 14th December 2016 for inspection of its infrastructures so the ASTI can operate from there by next year.
The new institute is likely to function from ITI on a temporary basis from next February 2016. After visiting the ITI the nine-member expert team gave its nod for the functioning of the institute from ITI.
Principal Rajat Panigrahi of ITI said that they are prepared to spare space for the functioning of the new institute of ASTI on its campus. During the discussion with the officials of ADB, they expressed satisfaction with the existing infrastructure facilities. Even the Government has earmarked around five acres of land in front of ITI for the construction of permanent campus of the ASTI. It will take two years for construction of the new permanent building.
As to impart skill training Government is planning to train two lakhs youth in next five year for the jobs. The Government has decided to set up six ASTI in different places of the country. Apart from Berhampur, the other places where ASTI would come are -
- Ambaguda (Koraput)
- Bhubaneswar (Gandamunda)
These ASTI institutes will train the students in the industry-oriented training programme so that they get the employment opportunities in various industries. There are lakhs of unemployed youths in the country and they are not getting jobs due to lack of skill. The target group for the programme are mainly -
- Unemployed IT graduates
- General graduates
- Polytechnic graduates
- Unemployed engineers