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There is a huge gap between existing human resources and industries’ skill set requirements. The Skill Development Institute (SDI) works consistently towards bridging this gap in Visakhapatnam.


Conceptualised under the Government of India’s Skill India Mission, the SDI is a non-profit philanthropic initiative of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), and seven other Public Sector Undertakings. With an aim to empower the unemployed and underprivileged youth with necessary skills, six mega Skill Development Institutes were strategically established across the country. These institutes provide free short-term skill training programmes (30-180 days), along with boarding facilities, to the trainees.

Present in the city since October 20, 2016, the SDI Visakhapatnam, today has eight units, directly under it, in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram Districts and two extension centers at Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam Central Prisons. “When the SDI was inaugurated at Arilova, Visakhapatnam, our target was to initially train 600-800 candidates every year, as per the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) curriculum and standards. Exceeding our expectations, 9,500 candidates received their training, during the last thirty-six months”, shares the SDI’s elated Principal CV Narasimha Das.

A typical day at SDI Visakhapatnam

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October - November 2019