Chandigarh: Hunar se Rozgar Tak scheme has successfully catered to training of nearly 3000 youth and has simultaneously facilitated jobs for 1000 trainees, informed a spokesman from the Tourism Department of Punjab.
The spokesman said that travel and tourism industry is one of the largest and most dynamic industries in today’s global economy. It is a sun rise industry, an employment generator and a significant source of foreign exchange. He added that tourism has emerged as a significant source of employment that requires varying degrees of skills and allows the quick entry of youth into the workforce. There is an acute shortage of qualified employees in this sector, he opined. In order to tap these opportunities in favour of Punjabi youth, the government of Punjab started the Hunar Se Rozgar Tak Scheme, he said.
The spokesman informed that Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) is implementing the programme ‘Hunar se Rozgar Tak’ since 2011-12 through the selected private institutes of the State. Funds for the purpose are provided by the Government of India as Central Assistance under the scheme ‘Capacity Building for Service Providers’ (CBSP). Giving details of the short term training courses that have been approved by the Government of India for Punjab, the spokesman said that four Hospitality Courses of varying duration namely Food Production (8 weeks), Food and Beverages (6 weeks), House Keeping (6 weeks) and Bakery and pastries (8 weeks) have been approved. Besides, other employable skill generating courses including Basic Fitness Training (8 weeks), Skin care and spa therapy (8 weeks) and Flower arrangements (8 weeks) are also being run.
He said that the target group for these training courses is 8th Pass within the age group of 18-28 years. He said that Government of India has approved training of 2520 persons at 10 institutes in the hospitality courses. In addition, the Government also approved training of 540 persons at 4 institutes in ‘skin care and spa therapy’ course. He said that against the approved strength, under the hospitality courses 2492 students were trained out of which 727 students have been placed and in Skin Care & Spa 540 students were trained out of which 300 students have been placed.
In addition to the above courses, Government of India has also sanctioned 100% Grant in aid under the broad basing scheme for development of infrastructure in six ITIs (namely Pathankot, Sunam, Amritsar, Patiala Nawanshahr and Kharar) and to five Government colleges (Bathinda, Mohali, Sangrur , Ludhiana and Amritsar) for starting hospitality courses in these institutes, said he.
The spokesman said that under this scheme, for starting the hospitality courses, a capital grant in aid up to Rs 200 lac is provided to each institute including up to Rs. 50 lacs for the civil works and up to Rs. 150 lacs for purchase of kitchen equipment. The funds are released to the Director Technical Education and Industrial Training for undertaking the works in I.T.Is whereas the funds pertaining to the colleges are disbursed directly to the concerned institutes.
Director Technical Education has informed that civil works in all the six ITIs has been completed and four colleges into hospitality courses have also completed their infrastructure development works and they are successfully the hospitality courses.