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Odisha joins with Wadhwani for talent development among students

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26: School and Mass Education (S&ME) Department and Wadhwani Foundation’s Skills Development Network (SDN) on Friday announced a strategic partnership which aims at making Odisha a ‘Smart State’ through talent development.

A MoU was signed between S&ME Commissioner-cum-Secretary Ranjana Chopra and Wadhwani Foundation Director-SDN Austin Thomas in the presence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Odisha Investors’ Meet at Bengaluru.

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 programme management (design, planning & quality), the technology platform, econtent, and knowledge management expertise to operationalise the Programme Management Unit within the Odisha state, the Odisha State will set up and run the Programme Management Unit.

Wadhwani Foundation CEO Ajay Kela 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.

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