Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers

Unemployment is a situation in which the human resource of an area is being wasted, owing to the negligible source of income. The socio – economic consequences of unemployment in a state are grave. Punjab, being a state which was initially grappling with the problem of unemployment, the responsive Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government has launched various schemes to provide effective training to create employment opportunities for the youth in the state of Punjab.

The Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers (CPYTE), has been set – up by the department of Employment generation and training, government of Punjab for the working for the total employment of the youth of the state, by developing a visionary strategy and policy framework for accelerating the employment opportunities in the state. The department is responsible for the establishment of various budget and plans of the employment wing, management and administration of the training centers in order to provide efficient and effective training to the youth, furnishing unemployment allowances and creating vocational Guidance and The promotion of the various Self-Employment Programmes. The department of Employment generation and training is also responsible for looking after all the matters relating to the Employment Generation and Training in the State of Punjab which include all Central, State and district committees, bureaus or societies formed under the Department.

The Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers is situated with the group of Camps at various locations which include Faridkot, Ludhiana Theh Kanjla (Kapurthala), Nabha, Lalru and even Girls Camps at Mansa and Kairon. The main functions performed by The Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers comprise of imparting pre – selection training to the youth for entering the defense services, police forces and Para military. In contrast to preparing the ineligible youth for paving their way into employment opportunities in the public sector and the private industries, The Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers motives the youth to indulge themselves for self – employment ventures.

The minister in charge of Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers, Ajit Singh Kohar has left no stone unturned to create awareness among the unemployed youth of the state, catering employment oriented training and unleash them from the tight fists of illicit activities such as liquor consumption and drugs.

Needless to say, the multi – dimensional strategy and policy framework of the Center of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment Training Centers have been conducive in creating an environment which cultivates the values of harmony, nation building and a socially responsible youth through consistently upgrading their skills and knowledge through the medium of employment oriented training. With initiatives like these, the unemployment issue is being tackled with utmost care. After all, the bright future of a country lies in the hands of the youth. Their development shall be tantamount to the economic development and growth of the state.


Mega Project to ensure Mega Employment in Punjab

Major boost to Food Processing Industry with revolutionary Food Park at Ladhowal


Punjab’s industrial capital, Ludhiana will see a first of its kind Mega Food Park at Ladhowal, located close to the city. The food park, which would be revolutionary in the food processing industry, will be built with an estimated investment of Rs 140 crore.

What will it mean for the economy of Punjab?

As per the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) Punjab is among the four states of the country which is a potential location for setting up of food parks. The Ladhowal park which is to come up on 100 acres will provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing besides also providing plug and play facilities for the micro small and medium enterprises (MSME’s), which will in a way support such enterprises besides of course adding a lot to the economy of the state. In all 60 acres of the land will be used for food processing units and the remaining 40 acres for common facilities.

Over 30,000 to be employed                                 

The greatest contribution of the park would be employment generation. It is expected to employ 700 people, in addition to direct employment to 1800 people in the food processing units and 28,000 people will get indirect employment.

The park is being set up by the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC). According to PAIC Managing Director, K.S. Pannu, the park would serve as a centre for food processing and will provide ultra-modern facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market.

Collection centres across Punjab

While the Central Processing Centre (CPC) would be located at Ladhowal the processing and collection centres would in cities where there is abundance of fruits and vegetables. These include Sangrur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Faridkot, and Tarn Taran.

There will be processing units of frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen French fries, milk, maize, bakery products, wheat pasta, tomato and chilli, snack foods, chicken, fish, goat, eggs, malt, honey and turmeric.

This move of the Punjab government will help it in getting big investments in the food processing industry, which is also evident from the agro-industrial and food processing policy of the state, which have a provision for incentives for investors.

How will it benefit farmers?

The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had last year waived off the External Development Charges (EDC) for the upcoming food parks in Punjab. To accomplish his vision for a benefitting the farmers, this decision will go a long way as it will help the industry grow and farmers will get exceptional returns of their produce. The food processing industry and cold chain industry would undoubtedly get promoted with this decision.

The government is also in talks with Reliance for investment in the food processing sector. As per experts farmers will get direct access to the markets and the rural agrarian economy is sure to witness a sea change in a short time (


BOX: Facilities at CPC

·        Quick Freezing Unit for Vegetables

·        Warehouse for raw material

·        Cold storage and pre-cooling chambers

·        Deep Freezers and Milk Chilling Unit

·        Food incubation centre and testing lab

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Making literates employable in Punjab

Growing rate of advanced education - Akali Dal

Chandigarh: The decision of the Punjab government to re-introduce exams for class V and VIII would go a long way in improving the much needed standards of education as the state is confronted with the problem of not only that of staggering army of educated unemployed but also that of their employability. Over the years, the standards of education have been going down and this trend that started during militancy witnessed yet another hit when the state government turned totally indifferent to the government schools on the logic that English (public) schools had been opened even in villages and people preferred these private institutions.

With  exams being only at the Class X stage, the educational standards, particularly in the government schools, have been falling drastically with high failure rates and the students ignorant of even the basics. The decision of the state government to introduce English from Class I had failed to rectify the institutional deficiencies. The problem with Punjab is that even the private engineering colleges are turning out graduates who can’t get a job of even Rs 10,000 per month. The basic issue is of their employability.

It is necessary to go into the background that has resulted in this crisis that amount to playing with the future of Generation Next. Rather than  continuing with the efforts to put the system back on rails, the Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh that came into power in 2002 opted for privatisation. One can recall the logic that used to aggressively advanced by then finance minister Surinder Singla that the government schools were not the preferred destination any more of even the weaker sections in the rural areas and hence were not needed. With that approach, the education system hit rock bottom. It was forgotten that the school education in Punjab was among the best in the country at one time. No effort was made to fill vacancies both in education and health during that period. The present crisis is rooted in that period.

Of late, strenuous efforts are being made to check this degradation for which the schools must be provide adequate number of  qualified teachers with proper infrastructure. The system should be so designed that the teachers do not have to run after transfers every year. One fails to understand as to why the main job of the education minister should be that of dealing with postings and transfers of school teachers. It would be better to appoint a teacher for a particular district or block by advertising posts for that particular area. make the teacher accountable after providing requisite facilities. This would go a long way in boosting the efforts under way to bring about qualitative improvement in the standards of education.

The  youth have  to be employable and not just literate. Punjab has not only to join the bigger race in the highly competitive world but also cover the time lag. Already, the share of Punjabi youth in the high paid job market is much less. It is the entire system that needs overhauling and the decision to go in for  exams for Class V and VII should be viewed from this aspect.

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