Bhubaneswar: To create sustainable livelihood for unemployed youth, Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF), the social development arm of IMFA, has entered skill training under the DDU-GKY scheme; an initiative launched by Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India. BIPF Skill Centre JKpur, at Rayagada was inaugurated on 8th Nov by Chief Guest Mr. Jagannath Mohanty, OAS (SAG) Collector & DM, Rayagada in presence of Mr T C Hota, Exec. VP BIPF.

The Skill Centre will train boys for the trades of Electrician, Turner & Welder. In the first year, 90 boys across Odisha will be given placement linked training including 9 months’ fully residential training and 3 months’ on-the-job training. BIPF is the first PIA (Project Implementing Agency) to implement one year technical program under DDU-GKY. The first BIPF Skill Centre for girls in the trade of Sewing Machine Operators (SMO) is already operational at Choudwar since 27th Sept. 2015.

BIPF will open one more Skill Centre for youth as per its MoU with ORMAS, the nodal agency for implementation of DDU-GKY. Students are selected from marginalized communities across Odisha. The objective is to equip youth with marketable skills for employment in the organized sector, ensuring income-generation.

Chief Guest Mr. Jagannath Mohanty lauded BIPF’s effort to train youth at grass root level. T C Hota, EVP, BIPF said “The participation of BIPF in the national agenda is reflective of its commitment to carry economic empowerment to remote corners of the state.”