Orissa plans for Talent Dev Strategy for gainful employment

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Bhubaneswar, Jul 2 (UNI) A talent development strategy is on the anvil in consultation with organisations of international repute to help students secure gainful employment in various sectors, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here today.

Addressing a national conference on IT named Orissa.it@2008, Mr Patnaik said Orissa produces more than 50,000 general graduates every year and the state government is arranging specialised training and pilot programmes to bridge the employability gap.

The Chief Minister hoped that with the intervention of the government at least 25 per cent of the students will gain employment in ITES, BPO, Financial Services, Insurance, retail, tourism, and hospitality sectors.

He said the ITES sector which was lagging behind in the state was fast catching up. Genpact Global Operation Centre and ICCI Group Eastern Regional Hub with combined employment potential of 20000 general graduates are expected to start operation in the next two years.

Mr Patnaik said the IT sector which was one of the major exporters from the state had brought national and international recognition to the state.

Orissa ranked 9th in the country in software export notching an average growth rate of over 35 per cent in the last two years,the Chief Minister said adding that the industry will register a further growth in the coming years after the infrastructure under creation were in place.

He further said the policy intervention of the government was oriented to nurture entrepreneurship in educational and vocational institutions. The government, Mr Patnaik said, had requested the Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Gandhinagar to start a similar institute in Bhubaneswar to give a further boost to the IT sector in the state.

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