UNDP_KISS_INUnion Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram speaks at the signing of the MoU. Photo: UNDP India

Partnering for skill development amongst tribal youth in Odisha

Mar 30, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) sign Memorandum of Understanding to support skill development in the state 

NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH 2017: UNDP and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand skills and entrepreneurship opportunities for tribal youth in Odisha. In doing so, the aim is to reduce poverty and vulnerabilities faced by Scheduled Tribes, one of the most vulnerable and excluded population groups in the country. The agreement between UNDP and KISS was signed in the presence of Hon’ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Skill development for one of the world’s largest populations of youth is a national priority for India. And with over 18% of the state population being youth, this demographic potential offers India and its growing economy immense opportunity.

The challenge of ensuring that young people have the skills to meet market demands, is particularly acute for marginalized tribal communities, often living in remote locations.  Ensuring tribal groups have access to inclusive and sustainable livelihoods is key.

The UNDP and KISS partnership aims to align the aspirations of tribal youth and competencies by increasing access to quality, market relevant and area specific training programmes for the tribal youth. 

 “India is where unprecedented change is happening, the country is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64% of its population in the working age group,” said Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at the signing. “Through partnerships such as these, working closely with tribal youth, we aim to expand opportunities and ensure sustainable and inclusive livelihoods for all people,” he added.

At the event, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KISS said, "KISS is upbeat about its partnership with UNDP. This MoU will go a long way in extending context specific skill building tools and scaleable solutions in Orissa.”

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest residential institute for tribal children in the world will set up ‘Centre of Excellence and District-level Implementation Lab’ to demonstrate technology-enabled blended skill training model for tribal youth. While the ‘Centre for Excellence’ will be housed at KISS Campus at Bhubaneswar, the district level ‘Implementation Lab’ will be in tribal dominated districts such as Sundargharh, Koraput etc.

Contact information

Mrinalini Santhanam,

Communications Officer +91-9560456963

mrinalini.santhanam@undp.org 

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