Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today inaugurated the ITI Institute at Lilong Mairenkhul in Thoubal district. The Chief Minister was accompanied by I. Hemochandra Singh Minister for Labour & Employment and PHED and Md. Abdul Nasir, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the inaugural function.
The ITI Lilong foundation stone was laid by Md Salman Khursid, the then Union Minister and Minorities Affairs In-Charge around 7/8 years back.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister expressed dissatisfaction to the quality maintenance of the construction work of the ITI building.
The ITI facility which has been lying dormant for about three years was handed over to HASK Skill Development Centre Pvt. Ltd. (HSDC) by Government of Manipur to run the centre under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in March this year. HSDC is a company promoted for this initiative by the Singapore based HASK Group of companies owned by RK Herojit. HASK Group is a service provider in Oil & Gas industries providing services to various world class companies like Siemens, Toshiba, Veolia etc. HASK provide services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia with offices in these countries.
The centre is equipped with a training set up for welding spread across more than forty cabins with welding machines of international standard. There are facilities for steel fitting and pipe fitting as well. More trades like Scaffolding. HVAC Ducting, Plumbing, Electrical fittings will be added on progressively. The centre is well stocked with consumables so that the students could be thoroughly trained with course content of 70 percent practical class component. The first batch comprises of an intake of sixty students.
Through this residential training set up, the students will be trained on skills to match the requirements of international standard of oil and gas industry through a rigorous schedule to inculcate discipline and can-do attitude besides acquiring the relevant skills. The trainers are Indians returned having worked in the Europe, Middle East and Singapore. On finishing the two month course, the students will be put up for employment in countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Middle East through the linkages of HASK Group.
On completion of the pilot run, HSDC plans to replicate this skill training model in the other ITIs of the state to provide a gainful engagement of the youth to nurture an army of vibrant force who would be willing to traverse anywhere in the globe.