The Delhi government will open six world-class skill centres (WCSCs) in the national capital in March, with a total capacity of 720 seats, to prepare students to acquire different professional skills, Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Friday. The admission process for the March 2019 batch in the six WCSCs -- to be located in Institute of Basic Business Studies (Pusa); IIT, Dwarka; Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University; Society for Self Employment (SSE), Wazirpur; SSE, Jhandewalan; and RIT Rajokari -- will start soon, with the advertisement likely to be published next week.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had in 2017 announced setting up of 25 WCSCs in Delhi, after the success of the first WCSC at ITI, Vivek Vihar, started in 2013. All the new WCSCs will open in the existing ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and universities of the Department of Training and Technical Education. "Availability of unutilised space in the existing buildings of ITIs, polytechnics, degree colleges and universities was explored by the Department. Accordingly, 25 institutes were identified where the opening of WCSCs was found feasible," the government said in a statement.
The recruitment process for the hiring of Chief Operating Officers, Master Trainers, Office Executives and Support Staff has already been initiated for the WCSCs and will be completed by February, Sisodia said. "Health and Wellness, IT and IT-enabled Services, Retail Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Accounts, Banking and Finance, Automobile, Electronics, Media and Event Management, Production and Manufacturing, Apparel and Food Production have been identified as sectors for which courses will be offered," he said.
The government plans to start the proposed 25 WCSCs in two phases -- six WCSCs in Phase I and remaining 19 WCSCs in Phase II. "Under Phase I, six WCSCs are being set up with all facilities and will be launched with intake capacity of 720 in March 2019, and 720 as the second intake in the month of August 2019," he said. Remaining 19 WCSCs is proposed to be made operational by August this year.
(With inputs from agencies.)