22nd August, 2019

Punjab to probe 3 skill development centres for non-activity

After noticing the non-activity of as many as three skill development centres in the state worth Rs 18 crore, the Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a high-level probe into the matter.

The development centres are lying idle since their establishment. The centres are located at the medical colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot. The centres were set at a cost of Rs 18 crore.

The three-member committee to probe the matter would include principal secretary medical education and research Sanjay Kumar, Secretary skill development mission Bhawna Garg, and director research medical education Avnish Kumar. The committee would be headed by Sanjay Kumar.

The probe was ordered after repeated complaints about these skill development centres as these were lying vacant with no students. The private companies to whom the land is provided to run skill development centres were violating their contract conditions under non-activity.

Cost involved

The Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) invested Rs 6 crore each at the medical colleges of Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot for creation of infrastructure for these centres.