Dharmendra Pradhan launches new project in Odisha to empower youth; increase employability

The project aims to prepare the young graduates of the state for employment opportunities in the financial services sector.

Pradhan launched Project Odiserv in Sambalpur, Odisha today, March 2. (Credit: Official press release)Pradhan launched Project Odiserv in Sambalpur, Odisha today, March 2. (Credit: Official press release)

Ayushi Bisht | March 2, 2024 | 02:55 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan launched Project Odiserv in Sambalpur, Odisha today, March 2. The project aims to prepare the young graduates of the state for employment opportunities in the financial services sector.

A total of 1,100 students in Odisha have already been trained under Project ODISERV and a few of them have also received job offers today, the minister informed. The launch of Project Odiserv is expected to transform the landscape of skill development in Odisha, an official statement said.

The 100-hour training program will equip Odisha’s youth with crucial skills required in the banking, finance and insurance industries. The training program will boost competencies, increase the employability of Yuva Shakti of Odisha and prepare a future-ready workforce.

As part of Project Odiserv, 60 colleges in Odisha across 10 districts and 11 cities including Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Cuttack, Khordha, Balasore, and Puri will offer the CPBFI curriculum.

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Sambalpur University, Bhuban Women's Degree College, Mathakaragola Degree College, and SCS College are a few of the colleges that are covered. Of this, 30 universities have already implemented CPBFI, enrolling 1100 students and providing 25,000 hours of training in just two months.

Under the partnership with NSDC and Bajaj Finserv will introduce the CPBFI programme in 22 states across India, covering over 400 colleges. The partnership aims to initially build the capabilities of 20,000 candidates through the CPBFI programme.

Apart from this, the programme will collaborate with banks and other financial stakeholders, financial institutions, and insurance companies to foster new growth opportunities for students and provide access to internships, on-the-job training, and a first-hand glimpse into best industry practices, the official statement added.

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