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Central Plastics Institute opened in Vijayawada

Institute will offer PG and diploma courses in plastic technology
The Central Insitute of Plastics Engineering and Technology-Centre for Skilling and Technical Support (CIPET-CSTS) was inaugurated by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda in the city on Thursday.

Mr. Gowda said that Vijayawada’s industrial favourability made it an ideal location for CIPET-CSTS to explore the existing possibilities of plastic management.

The Minister said that the institution would offer post-graduate and diploma programmes in plastic technology in addition to skill development programmes to unemployed and underprivileged youth of Andhra Pradesh.

“Close to 65% of the Indian population is under 30 years of age. If we channel their potential in the right manner, India can become one of the greatest countries in the world. This is one area where the youth have a vast scope to benefit from this programme, thereby contributing innovative ideas for the progress of the nation,” Mr. Gowda said.

The CIPET-CSTS in the city was established at a cost of Rs. 50.72 crore, with funding from both the Central Government and the State Government on a 50:50 basis. The State government allotted 12.04 acres of land at Surampalli for the construction of an Academic Block and workshops. The centre trained around 5,000 candidates since its inception in August 2015 and was functioning from a temporary premises.

Focus on job creation

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who also attended the inauguration, said that employment for the unemployed youth was the utmost priority of the State Government, and a law to this effect was enacted to allocate 75% jobs to local youth in the industries.

“Skill development centres will be established in 25 Parliamentary constituencies across the State and comprehensive training would be given to the youth to cater to the requirements of all the industries, giving the youth numerous job opportunities,” said Mr. Jagan.

Talking about the growth of the chemical industry sector in the country, Mr. Gowda said that the worth of chemical industries in the country was $163 billion and was expected to grow to $304 billion by 2025.

He added that the government was giving priority to setting up CIPETs across the country. “There are already 37 CIPETs in the country and we are planning to establish five more. A new institution at Kochi will be dedicated to the nation on October 31,” Mr. Gowda said.

Skilling A.P.

Towards the end of the inaugural, Mr. Gowda said that the Central government would provide support to the Andhra Pradesh government for the advancement of skill development and would also set up another CIPET institution at Naidupeta in Nellore.

Minister for Industries, Commerce and Information Technology, Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, Minister for Panchayat Raj, Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy, Minister for Endowments, Vellampalli Srinivas, Machilipatnam MP Vallabhaneni Balashowry, and dignitaries from the State and Central Governments were present at the inauguration.