With rapid industrial development and the ever increasing industrial responsiveness to skilled manpower in the state of Gujarat, the state government has set an ambitious goal to provide specialised training to two lakh people every year, starting from 2013. Senior state government officials said the state government has taken up various initiatives under the 'Scheme of Enhancement of Technical Competence and Manpower' to prepare skilled manpower to cater to the demand of different industries.
With an average funding of `1.50 crore for each of the centres, the ambitious project will entail total expenditure to the tunes of `450 crore. The state government will bear 50% of the funding. Of the 300 planned skill development centres, 100 centres will come up in GIDCs and 100 other in existing ITIs. Fifty centres will be set up within premises of various industries, while 50 more centres will come up in public private partnership. It is expected that more than 15,000 workers were provided with the skill development training in 2009-10. The number is expected to be much higher this year.