There would be 50 skill training colleges for girls and another 2000 centres at the village level for women empowerment that would get established by the Punjab Government under the Skill India Mission. The decision regarding the establishment of these skill building institutions were taken in a meeting held by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal which was attended by Union Food Processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sikandar Singh Maluka and Surjit Singh Rakhra among others.
The newly proposed colleges would function under the Punjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University which would run short term courses for the students. Each of the proposed colleges would be set up at a cost of Rs. 20 Lakh. These colleges wold help around 6000 students to engage themselves in their own start-ups, self-employment ventures or set up their own units to become entrepreneurs in their field and job providers at the state.
The duration of the short term courses would be from one month to three months. This would self-suffice the unemployed women to start their own shops/units leading to the ultimate goal of rural women empowerment.
In consultation with the departments of Industry and Commerce, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Labour, Agriculture and Food Processing, the state universities would design the course or training module. Sukhbir Singh Badal himself would take part in designing and selecting course materials to help various department and training institutes finalizing the subject matter.