Department of School & Mass Education, Govt. Of Odisha and Wadhwani Foundation’s Skills Development Network sign MoU to Make Odisha a Leader in ‘Smart State’ Initiative

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~Initiation of large-scale vocational education in Odisha’s secondary schools~

~ Aimed at enhancing employability of students through four years of skills based training in a vocational subject enabling students to be job-ready on graduation from high school ~

~Quality skilling expected to accelerate job creation and accrue demographic dividend for the State of Odisha~
Bhubaneshwar, Aug 26, 2016: Govt. of Odisha’s Department of School and Mass Education and Wadhwani Foundation’s Skills Development Network (SDN) today announced a strategic partnership which aims at making Odisha a ‘Smart State’ through Talent Development.

Smt. Ranjana Chopra, Commissioner cum Secretary – School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha exchanged the MoU with Austin Thomas, Director- SDN, Wadhwani Foundation in the presence of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Honorable Chief Minister of Orissa and other Ministers and senior officers of Odisha Govt.

Smt. Ranjana Chopra, Commissioner cum Secretary – School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha exchanged the MoU with Austin Thomas, Director- SDN, Wadhwani Foundation in the presence of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Honorable Chief Minister of Orissa and other Ministers and senior officers of Odisha Govt

Smt. Ranjana Chopra, Commissioner cum Secretary – School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha exchanged the MoU with Austin Thomas, Director- SDN, Wadhwani Foundation in the presence of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Honorable Chief Minister of Orissa and other Ministers and senior officers of Odisha Govt

The MoU suggests providing four years of purposeful/ result-oriented skills based training in a vocational subject of students’ choice from a selection of vocations offered to them. The other phase of the programme is to introduce a parallel, dedicated vocational stream Class XI onwards that offers Diploma in Vocational Education to those students who aspire for vocational careers.

While SDN will provide effective program management (design, planning & quality), the technology platform, e‐content, and knowledge management expertise to operationalize the Program Management Unit within the Odisha state, the Odisha State will set up and run the Program Management Unit.

On the occasion of signing this MoU, Smt. Ranjana Chopra, Commissioner cum Secretary – School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha, “The MoU with Wadhwani Foundation for introducing Vocational Education in the schools in Odisha is part of the larger Vocational Skills Development initiative undertaken in the State. 208 schools are being taken up in the first phase and we are hopeful that in partnership with Wadhwani Foundation, we will be able to upscale the programme in the future to many more schools”.

Expressing happiness on signing the MoU, Dr. Ajay Kela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation said, “Odisha’s Smart State initiative will focus on job creation and job fulfillment through building and supporting the full life-cycle of the skilling, entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystems. Leading with skilling and large-scale vocationalization of secondary schools in Odisha, this initiative aims to equip high-school graduates with sufficient work-skills to command family supporting wages. This collaboration between Odisha Government and Skills Development Network (SDN) of Wadhwani Foundation is the first step towards high-quality job creation and job fulfillment in the State.”

The MoU is a significant step in creating the much needed integrated system that will support the full lifecycle of entrepreneurship, innovation and skilling to make Odisha a leader in job creation and talent development through industry linkages with local industry associations and Sector Skills Councils (SSC’s) that result in internship and apprenticeship opportunities and courses that are relevant, market aligned and in demand.

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