Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government seems to be interested to sign an MoU with the Kerela government for exchange of ideas on skill development.

The Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) chairman, Subrato Bagchi, has suggested the Kerela minister for health, social justice and woman & child development, K. K. Shailaja Teacher, for signing of an MoU for exchange of ideas and knowledge resources and creation of innovative intervention for imparting skill training for the youth of Odisha.

Sailaja was here on Friday on a visit to the State to understand the overall skill scenario of Odisha. She discussed with Bagchi regarding the major steps taken by Odisha government for creating the skill eco system in the State, since Odisha is one of the best performing states in implementing skill training in the whole country.

She disclosed that the Kerela government is establishing an ‘International Women Trade Centre’ in the State with the support of UN Women. This will
be a gender data hub for whole South Asia, the Kerela minister said. Stating that her government is emphasizing on gender empowerment, Sailaja said State social justice department has started Gender Park initiative. It is a platform for bringing together gender policy, research, education and policy, she added.

Kerala is prioritising on skill development and entrepreneurship programme for women. In this context, she discussed with Bagchi about the grass-root entrepreneurship programme called Nano-Unicorn.

Nano Unicorn is a unique entrepreneurship programme by OSDA where skilled youths having entrepreneurship ideas are provided with a philanthropic capital to start their business.

Bagchi gave a proposal for employability opportunity for the youth of Odisha, who are undergoing skill training on Pancha Karma techniques at Bengaluru. He also sought the support of the Kerala for the skilled workers from Odisha, who are working that State.
The CEO, Gender Park, Dr. P T Mohammed Sunish was also present in
the meeting.