Naveen Patnaik lays foundation stone for SDI’s permanent campus & ICT-IOC Bhubaneswar’s campus

Indian Oil had earlier pledged Rs 255 crore and now contributed Rs 80 crore more for Skill Development Institute’s (SDI) permanent campus and ICT-IOC Bhubaneswar’s upcoming campus
Naveen Patnaik lays foundation stone for SDI’s permanent campus & ICT-IOC Bhubaneswar’s campus

Bhubaneshwar: The permanent campus of the Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Bhubaneshwar was dedicated to the nation by the Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Friday, in the presence of Union Minister of Education and Skill and Entrepreneurship of Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli, Member of Parliament from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi and Member of Legislative Assembly, Jatni, Surendra Routray.

The occasion was also graced by Indian Oil's Chairman SM Vaidya and SDI's Chairman & IndianOil Director (HR) Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra.

Indian Oil, under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, is steering SDI-Bhubaneswar as a 'Greenfield Mega Model Multi Skilling Institute' and has contributed Rs 255 crore for setting up this Institute. Indian Oil has planned a further investment of additional Rs 80 crore. The permanent campus of SDI, located at Jatni Tahsil of Khurda district in Odisha, has been built over an area of 16 acres allotted by the government of Odisha, and the foundation stone of this campus was laid by the President of India Ramnath Kovind on March 18, 2018. The Institute envisages world-class industry-based skill training using state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to create an industry-ready talent pool.

Over the next ten years, SDIB aims to strengthen the government of India's Skill India and Purvodaya mission by training more than 50,000 trainees in multidisciplinary courses through its new campus. SDI-Bhubaneswar's Pilot campus has already made a mark by skilling over 1,200 candidates across various trades with an overall placement rate of 90 percent. SDI-Bhubaneswar also plans to roll out new courses in its new campus by setting up Centres of Excellence catering to various industrial requirements.

The event also witnessed the Bhumi Pujan of the permanent campus of ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology)-IOC (IndianOil) Bhubaneshwar. This Institute was founded to enrich the nation's technical education and is presently operating from Samantapuri, Bhubaneswar. Indian Oil has contributed Rs 95 crore in nurturing this Institute that is offering multiple courses, including M Tech, Executive M Tech, Integrated M Tech, and PhD.

The government of Odisha has allotted 111.79 acres of land at Godiput Matiapada Delang Tahsil, and in the first phase, 73.86 acres of land has been allotted. ICT-IOC aims to benefit society through skill development, employment generation, and rural development.

Underlining the importance of these two institutes, Chief Minister Patnaik said, "A progressive and conducive business environment and forward-looking administration have helped the state to attract more investment. The state government has been focused on promoting skill development while adhering to global standards to facilitate industrial growth. And our efforts to make our children globally employable will soon be a reality. I hope the SDI and ICT-IOC's will add value to the industrial ecosystem in Odisha".

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri remarked, "The Oil & Gas sector has been an integral part of the nation's growth, and I believe, with the Oil PSUs efforts and support to such remarkable skilling initiatives like establishing SDIs, the country would attain new heights and glories. I wish to see SDI securing a top spot among all the Mega Model Skill Academies that are presently being nurtured across India."

Speaking during the occasion Vaidya commented, "Skill India Mission is leveraging India's rich demographic dividend. Driving that mission forward, the energy PSUs of India, under the guidance of the Petroleum Ministry, has undertaken major endeavours to strengthen the skilling infrastructure in the country. Indian Oil is proud to have been given the opportunity to steer this Mega Model Skill Academy of International standard."

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