Cutting-edge initiatives in Punjab

The government of Punjab has been in the news this week, unveiling cutting-edge efforts to boost the local economy and build knowledge capital in the state

The government announced a partnership with Bharati Wal-Mart, a national retail chain to set-up skill training center for youth [via PR Newswire]:

The Punjab government has tied up with Bharti Wal-Mart Pvt Ltd to set up ‘Bharti Wal-Mart Skill Centre’ in Amritsar, a vocational training institute for the unemployed youth of the state.

‘This skill centre will provide training to the youth to hone their technical skills regarding modern retail and allied sectors like logistics, supply chain and other support services

The other big initiative is the establishment of a ‘Knowledge City’ on Mohali. Recently, Indian School of Business (ISB) announced that with support from the government, it will be setting up a second campus in Mohali. The knowledge city being set up by the government will also house the Bharti Institute of Public Policy. Given the dearth of policy/public service schools in India – the Punjab governemnt is setting the right example for other states to follow.

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