Goa needs skill development institutions in various fields. Government is contemplating upgrading Engineering Colleges and also the Directorate of Technical Education not just with infrastructure but also upgrading of skill development, said Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant.
Government is making all out efforts to develop the manpower of the State into skilled manpower with the help of IIT, NIT, GIM, BITS Pilani and other engineering colleges, Committee for which will be formed. Futuristic skill development of the State man force is a must, he said. The Prime Minister has given a call for New India formation for which futuristic education needs to be planned. Government cannot do anything alone, he said and sought support and cooperation of the people and institutions.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of FSAI’s Skill Development Centre (FSDC) started by the Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) in association with Goa College of Engineering at Farmagudi, Ponda, today.
Further speaking, Dr Sawant said, united efforts are required to make Goa clean, beautiful and safe. Signing of MoU between FSAI and Goa College of Engineering in future will get skilled manpower in the State. Already MOU is signed with one of the national plumbing institutes. In the near future one more MOU will be signed with one of the national construction institutes, he said. Skilled manpower will be developed in the State as a result of these MOUs, he said. Certification will be given to courses by the Human Resource Development Foundation which is certified by the Government of Goa under the Skill Development Ministry, he said.
CM urged FSAI to start the courses given through FSDC at Industrial Training Institutes of the State Government. Government will consider giving preference to the candidates who have completed this type of Government approved courses in the Fire and Emergency Department. For that, recruitment rules will also be changed in the future, he said.
PWD Minister, Shri Nilesh Cabral said, we all should work as a team for the overall development of the State and the Nation. Goa is a developing State and the economy is focused on tourism, he said. Goa is a 365 days tourist destination and we should ensure that they are secured enough with the use of advanced technology in hotels and other places. With the support of everyone will take our nation to a different level, Shri Cabral said.
Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Dr Vivek Kamat said, normally in the fire and security field all efforts are concentrated on the post facto actions. But by starting this skill development centre in this field technical manpower will be developed who will concentrate and put in place solutions which can avoid fire and security issues and in a way contribute life related issues to the general public. This centre will definitely make its own bright mark and in near future we will have professionals in the domain of fire and security working wonders not only for the State of Goa and nation but worldwide, Dr Kamat said.
President FSAI, Goa, Dr Jennifer Lewis; National Secretary, FSAI, Shri Ashok Menon and National President, FSAI, Shri Ajit Raghwan spoke on the occasion.
Chairman, FSAI, O & G / Industries (Fire) Shri Mukesh Shah handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakhs as a donation for the FSAI’s Skill Development Centre on the behalf of AAAG, Shah Bhogilal Jethalal and Brothers. Principal and Professor, ETC GEC, Dr Rajesh Lohani and National President, FSAI, Shri Ajit Raghwan exchanged MoU.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also released the FSAI Suraksha Index journal. Dr Rajesh Lohani welcomed while Professor Dr Ganesh Hegde proposed a vote of thanks. Treasurer, FSAI, Miss Jovita Lourenco compered.