Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to take forward its skill development programme, the State government today entered into an agreement with a top technical institute of Singapore, ITE Education Services (ITEES), which will impart skill trainings to State ITI teachers for sustained employability of trained youths.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Skill Development and Technical Education Department secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh and Singapore ITEES CEO Bruce Poh in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Odisha Skill Development Authority chairman Subroto Bagchi at the State Secretariat.

"The ITEES will be organising a two-week training on Leadership Development for 100 leaders of government-run ITI institutions that are in the forefront of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Odisha," a government statement said.

"We are extremely impressed with the vision of Odisha for skill development. We are looking forward to a very long term collaboration between us," Poh said.

Expressing pleasure over the pact, Bagchi said, "We are delighted to forge collaboration with ITEES, a global leader in the area of technical training and skill development. With their help, we can push up the standards of our ITIs to global level."

The ITE Education Services (ITEES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore, was set up in January 2003 with the objective of sharing ITE's expertise. The institute has undertaken training programmes in 27 countries till now.