Kevadia (Gujarat), Jan 28: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods to be set up as a state-of-the-art skill development centre here. This Residential Centre will have the state of the art infrastructure including accommodation for about 100 youth at a time. It will run several free of charge skill courses aligned to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
To begin with, the majority of the courses will focus at the meeting the demand of the tourism and hospitality requirements at Kevadia itself - like food and beverage steward, room attendant, mechanised housekeeping, agro-processing specially the dragon-fruit processing, soap making etc for individuals and women's self-help groups.
An official of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd said that over 38 lakh visitors registered so far, and more than 17,000 people visit this place daily, where the Statue of Unity has emerged as a major tourist attraction and has been included in the 8 wonders declared by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as well as world's 100 greatest places 2019 declared by TIME magazine.(UNI)