Assam Skill University interim complex expected to start functioning from 2024: CM

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday claimed that the Rs 1,000 crore Assam Skill University will improve the skills of the youth of the Northeast.

Conducting ‘bhumi pujan’ for the institute at Darrang district headquarters, Mangaldai, about 70 km from Guwahati, Sarma said the institute will tap into the demographic dividend of Assam, which has a very young population.

“The Rs 1,000 crore institute will have several schools and centers of excellence which will play a major role in upskilling the youth of the North East. The university will have several campuses across Assam,” he said.

Sarma said a target has been set to complete the construction of the entire campus by August 2025, but an interim complex is expected to start functioning from 2024 itself.

The skill college, the first of its kind in Assam and third such institute in the country, will impart education for skill development in various sectors like entrepreneurship and innovation, life skills and languages, and design and creativity, through its various schools. and courses

It is partially funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Incidentally, former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had laid the foundation stone of the institute in February last year.

However, a university official claimed that laying the foundation stone and doing ‘bhumi pujan’ are not the same thing.

He stated that the laying of the foundation stone last year marked the sanctioning of the project and the selection of the site, while the actual construction work will begin after the ‘bhumi pujan’.

“There are many steps after a project is sanctioned and the site is allotted, such as tendering and seeking approvals. They have been done in the period between the laying of the foundation stone and the conducting the ‘bhumi pujan’,” he added.

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