PROJECT ODISERV  (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Social Issues)

News-CRUX-10     2nd March 2024        

Context: Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, launched Project ODISERV in Sambalpur to prepare young graduates of Odisha for employment opportunities in the financial services sector.


  • About: This Project aims to empower the youth of Odisha, making them more employable and helping them fulfill their aspirations.
  • Training Impact: Already, 1100 students in Odisha have received training under Project ODISERV, enhancing their readiness for the job market.
  • Skill Enhancement Program: A 100-hour training program is set to equip Odisha’s youth with essential skills needed in the banking, finance, and insurance industries, enhancing their competencies and employability.
  • Contribution to Entrepreneurship: Project ODISERV's launch is significant as Odisha strives to become a hub for entrepreneurship and start-ups, especially through initiatives like the 100 Cube initiative.
  • Expansion of Certification Program: Project ODISERV plans to introduce the Certificate Programme for Banking Finance & Insurance (CPBFI) in 60 colleges across 11 cities and 10 districts in Odisha, including Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Cuttack, Khordha, Balasore, and Puri.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

  • About: NSDC stands as the principal architect of the skill ecosystem in India.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India.
  • Implementation Partner: NSDC acts as the strategic implementation partner to the Skill India Mission.
  • Youth Empowerment: NSDC's goal is to empower India's youth through efficient vocational training initiatives.
  • Futuristic Skill Development: NSDC focuses on offering opportunities in futuristic skills to the potential workforce.