BHUBANESWAR, DEC 04, 2023
Reinforcing its commitment to skill development and social transformation, Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Dalmia Bharat Ltd. (DBL), on Saturday inaugurated its 19th DIKSHa (Dalmia Institute of Knowledge and Skill Harnessing) Centre at Lanjiberna in Odisha. This is the 7th DIKSHa centre to be launched in Odisha.
The inaugural event was graced by Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd (DCBL) Executive Director & Rajgangpur Unit Head Chetan Srivastava, DCBL-Rajgangpur AED Dr. Niladri Bhushan Parhi, Lanjiberna Mines Head Omprakash Khelkar, District Employment Officer- Rourkela Jyoti Prakash Sethi, Sundargarh ORMAS Deputy CEO Keshaw Chandra Jha, along with nine village heads from periphery villages.
Dedicated to empowering rural youth through comprehensive skill training and sustainable livelihood development, the new DIKSHa centre aims to benefit 106 surrounding villages in the region.
With an annual intake capacity of 360 trainees, the centre will provide training to unemployed youth through practical workshops and sessions, enhancing their future employability and entrepreneurship potential for increased income.
The DIKSHa center in Lanjiberna will offer skill training courses in Customer Relationship Management in IT-ITes, General Duty Assistant in Healthcare and Housekeeping Trainee in Tourism & Hospitality. The centre will have pre-qualified trainers for offering quality skill training recruited by DBF. The training modules will be designed as per the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Apart from skill training, the centre will facilitate the assessment and certification process including Joint Certification. DIKSHa will also provide placement assistance to the trained candidates across the country.
Commenting on the launch of the new centre, Dalmia Bharat Foundation CEO Ashok K. Gupta said, “At Dalmia Bharat, we are committed to developing inclusive programs making a tangible and positive impact in the lives of marginalized communities. In a country with the world’s youngest and largest workforce, India grapples with considerable skill gaps. Our objective is to bridge these gaps in the nation’s workforce, promoting economic empowerment and an improved quality of life for our youth. Through DIKSHa, we hope to contribute to building a skilled and self-reliant India.”
DIKSHa provides placement-linked, short-term skill training to youth and women, adding them to the skilled workforce for enhanced income. Till date, DIKSHa has trained 13,111 individuals successfully with 9,578 individuals placed in gainful employment, earning monthly wages ranging from INR 8,000 to INR 20,000.