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Unemployment has been a big problem in Assam: Gogoi

Press Trust Of India  |  Kolkata/ Guwahati 

has been one of the biggest problems facing and that imparting modern skill to youths can eradicate it to a large extent, Chief Minister said today.

"Lack of expertise among our youths means that we have to bring even semi-skilled workers from other states for working in major projects like in We need to change the pattern of education and put more emphasis on skill development," he said at a programme here.

"The state government is planning to upgrade ITIs and all such centres within the 12th Plan period and our target is to get over the problem of skill shortage within the next five years," he said.

He said that with the change in habit and rise in income levels, demand for professionals in service like plumbing, fashion, furniture making, agri-industry and vehicle repair and maintenance.

government is planning to set up multi-disciplinary skill training centres in all the 219 blocks across the state within the current period (2012-17), State Industry and Commerce Minister said in the programme.

The first five such centres will be operational within months and 23 will be operatinal by end of the current financial year, he said.

"Training will be provided by private sector groups with expertise in the relevant trades. We have identified 50 trades, which are not taught in ITIs, which will be taken up at multi-disciplinary centres," Bordoloi said.

First Published: Sat, May 05 2012. 00:34 IST