Singapore to set up skill development centre in Assam

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The SDC will train the youth of the northeastern states of India in the areas of tourism and food processing.

Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, will visit Guwahati to sign an MoU to launch a skill development centre under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Skill India initiative.

Skill development in the country is of utmost importance as the industry is changing fast. The changing industry requires new and relevant skill sets to ensure excellence at work.

The Singapore Government is going to open its first skill development centre in Assam, to give vocational training to youth in the north-eastern region of India. The northeastern states have huge potential in food processing and tourism, and the skill centre will help the youth get necessary skills in these areas.

Many skill development centres have recently been established as part of the Skill India Mission. Opening a skill development centre in the North East was necessary because the youth in this region are not only technologically advanced but already possess some skills. The development of this region depends on skilling the youth and creating employment.

The Central Government has taken several initiatives to link the northeastern part of the country with the mainstream, as the region is known for insurgent groups.

The Singapore Foreign Minister, who is on a two-day visit to India, will endorse the preliminary agreed MoU to launch the skill development centre in Assam.   

Japan has also been working towards developing the northeastern region by signing several agreements.

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