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Dharmendra Pradhan Launches Project ODISERV For Odisha’s Graduates

Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated Project ODISERV in Sambalpur, Odisha, marking a significant step towards preparing young graduates for employment opportunities in the financial services sector. This initiative is poised to empower the youth, enhance their employability, and fulfill their career aspirations.

Bridge Between Education and Skilling

  • Shri Pradhan emphasized the pivotal role of Project ODISERV in bridging the gap between education and skilling.
  • Highlighted the transformative impact of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in fostering synergies between academic knowledge and job-ready skills.

Training and Employment

  • 1100 students in Odisha have already undergone training under Project ODISERV, with several of them securing job offers on the same day.
  • Shri Pradhan extended congratulations to the successful candidates and expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his vision of nurturing India’s youth into future-ready professionals.

Skill Enhancement for Future-Ready Workforce

  • The 100-hour training program under Project ODISERV aims to equip Odisha’s youth with essential skills for the banking, finance, and insurance industries.
  • Emphasized that this initiative would not only enhance competencies but also significantly increase the employability of the youth.

Industry Perspective

  • Shri Sanjiv Bajaj, Chairman & Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv, underscored the importance of skilling and employment generation for harnessing India’s demographic dividend.
  • Highlighted Bajaj Finserv’s commitment to social impact through initiatives like the Certificate Programme for Banking Finance & Insurance (CPBFI).

NSDC and Bajaj Finserv Partnership

  • The collaboration between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Bajaj Finserv aims to revolutionize skill development in Odisha and across India.
  • With plans to launch CPBFI in 60 colleges across Odisha, the initiative is poised to transform the skill landscape of the state.

Scaling Up Nationwide

  • Under the partnership, CPBFI will be introduced in 22 states, covering over 400 colleges, with an initial target of skilling 20,000 candidates.
  • The program’s curriculum, developed in collaboration with industry experts, will adapt to the dynamic landscape of finance, banking, and insurance.

Paving the Way for a Skilled Workforce

  • Project ODISERV stands as a testament to the commitment of the government, industry, and educational institutions towards nurturing a skilled workforce.
  • Through collaborative efforts and innovative initiatives like Project ODISERV, India is poised to harness its demographic dividend and emerge as a global economic powerhouse.


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