Keonjhar: ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) on Friday inaugurated a Digital Skill Centre in Keonjhar. The inauguration ceremony was presided by T S Shanbhogue, Executive Director, Strategic Projects, AM/NS India. Arun Kumar Panda, representative from District Employment Office, Keonjhar, and senior officials of AM/NS India, including Shri Jaiwardhan Paroha, Plant Head – Dabuna, Shailendra Sah, Project Head – Tailing Dam, Dr. Vikas Yadvendu, Head CSR, Sunila Das, Head HR – Odisha, were present among others.
In alignment with the Skill India Mission of the Government, AM/NS India’s flagship CSR project, Daksh, in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), aims to enhance the employability of local youths by providing training and job opportunities in IT-ITeS roles.
The initial phase of the project targets the training of 200 youths from nearby villages in the Keonjhar district. Upon enrollment in the first batch, the trainees will undergo a 440-hour training program, focusing on job roles such as Domestic Data Entry Operators and Domestic IT Helpdesk Attendants. The training will encompass both theoretical and practical aspects, including industrial visits. Additionally, soft skills training will be provided to enhance employability competencies. After completion of the training, the participants will undergo assessment by Sector Skill Council empanelled agencies and receive training completion certificates, along with potential placement opportunities.
AM/NS India’s commitment to skill development is a key aspect of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The company aims to address the industry’s skill gap, providing better employment prospects for youths and contributing to the Government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat program for self-reliance.
AM/NS India currently operates eight skill development centers at other locations, having trained 1359 educated and unemployed youths, with 982 (72.2%) successfully placed in jobs. These centers operate in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation.
During the inauguration, Shanbhogue encouraged students to make the most of the platform for better career opportunities and future growth. Arun Kumar Panda, representing the District Employment Office, Keonjhar, emphasized the importance of improving knowledge and skills, applauding AM/NS India’s CSR programs and expressing his department’s eagerness to collaborate closely on skill development initiatives in Keonjhar.