‘India-Singapore collaboration will allow exchange of knowledge, technology and innovative ideas between the countries’, says CM Raje.
In last few years, Rajasthan government has been working closely with Singapore to highlight ‘the City of Lakes & Palaces’ as the emerging tourist destination with robust legal policies, progressive schemes, convalescing infrastructure and dynamic connectivity. On her visit to Singapore in 2014, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje was briefed on ITE & ITEES programmes to set groundwork for ‘Skill India’ mission in Udaipur. Following this, a unique CETT model was proposed by ITEES during Resurgent Rajasthan. Fruitful results of this bilateral collaboration comes today. Rajasthan CM, in the presence of Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for Tourism Training in Udaipur to scale up skill training for boosting economic growth of Rajasthan.
Raje’s Vision Of Setting Up a World-Class Training Centre Comes True
The Udaipur project was a significant part of India-Singapore Strategic Partnership. With Raje’s rigorous efforts, the blueprint was swiftly transferred on ground. Under her guidance, ITEES, a subsidiary of Institute of Technical Education (ITE) had conducted an onsite analysis of manpower requirement in Rajasthan. By offering vocational and technical training in more than 25 countries, they’ve set up an unbeatable international landmark.
The collaboration got a boost when K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore, visited Rajasthan last year. While Rajasthan Government sped up construction of facilities at ITI, Singapore committed to offer consultancy services. They’re already working on multiple ‘skill development’ courses in India, the first of which, commenced in Rajasthan on September 27 2016, coinciding with the ‘World Tourism Day’.
Consequently, ITEES (Institute of Technical Education Service), the global leaders in technical and educational training, designed the advanced, ‘one of its kind’ training centre. In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Singapore High Commissioner Lim Thuan Kuan and Rajasthan Government in 2014, Singapore vowed to provide free consultation for tourism and hospitality training. In line with the agreement, Udaipur Centre was launched to train 480 adept candidates every year. Classes are likely to start here in November.
Udaipur Natives Excited About Upcoming Opportunities in Their City
The Centre is set to operate with 36 new teachers and 6 training courses. It operates from Mohanlal Sukhadia University Campus, which was previously occupied by IIM Udaipur. The natives have welcomed it with open arms. Both students and parents were excited because of the ‘Singapore charm’. Even though the registration process is over, people are recurrently forwarding requests for registration. Till date, around 400 students have enrolled for food and beverage services, air ticketing, food production, front office, housekeeping, travel and tourism.
Being a tourist hotspot, Udaipur natives can benefit from these courses. To compete with global levels, Singapore Government had offered a package of 24.7 million Singapore Dollars to educate the master trainers appointed at the centre. This way, the enrolled students can acquire world-class training, seek better employment opportunities and contribute to growth of Tourism and Hospitality, key financial sectors of Rajasthan.
India-Singapore Partnership Will Change the Fate of Rajasthan
The historic success of this project is followed by key partnerships in other areas including two new townships and skill training programme in water management for 100 government officers. ITE Singapore will play a supportive role to ensure maintenance of international standards and top-notch quality.
The promising India-Singapore alliance plays a catalytic role in ‘Skill India’ programme. It will enable Udaipur to attain world-class prominence in tourism and hospitality sectors. Moreover, the iconic Udaipur centre will be replicated in other parts of India like Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Varanasi. This is a matter of pride for Rajasthan, which has recently attained fifth position in global tourism market.
According to Raje, this enduring friendship will set the foundation for a better, technically-advanced and economically sound Rajasthan in future.