Vijayawada (prajaamaravati) – 12 November The Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) has made it mandatory for existing and upcoming industries in the state to reserve 75 per cent of employment to the locals through the Industries/Factories Bill, 2019. In this regard, to increase the quality of the skill ecosystem and manpower supply in AP, the Honorable Chief Minister Sri. Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed to establish skill university and skill colleges (one in each parliamentary constituency, one in each IIITs (4) and one in JNTU Pulivendula, Kadapa District). APSSDC (Nodal agency of AP Skill Mission) has partnered with reputed industries, industry associations, technical institutions, universities and international agencies in the process of establishing Skills university & Skill colleges, that will impart industry driven finishing school skill courses to the students from ITI, polytechnic and graduation. Four MoUs have been signed by Dr. Arja Srikanth – MD&CEO of APSSDC in the presence of G. Anantha Ramu, Spl Chief Secretary, Skill Development & Training, Challa Madhusudhan Reddy, , APSSDC Chairman with the following industry/academic partners – IBM India, Singapore Polytechnic International (SPI), India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and LV Prasad Film & TV Academy (LVPA). IBM India IBM has partnered with AP government and to set-up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in IT . IBM India will assist in activities that include developing course & curriculum, Training of the Trainers programs, Industrial exposure, Guest lectures and execution of high-end trainings in emerging technologies including - Coding, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science & Analytics, Cybersecurity, Quantum Computing, Big Data and Full Stack.' Singapore Polytechnic International (SPI) has partnered with APSSDC for enabling international level industry led courses in the Advance Manufacturing, Food Innovation & Food Processing and Entrepreneurship to be offered in skill colleges. They will provide technical assistance and handholding support in establishing the industry specific labs, develop courses & curriculum, design and deliver the Training of Trainer programme, offer joint certification and accreditation for the proposed courses, design and develop a quality assurance framework for standardization of teaching and learning modules. LVPA has partnered with APSSDC to setup and operate a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Media and Entertainment sector in Visakhapatnam district. They will design and develop courses and curriculum, design and deliver the Training of Trainer Programme, offer courses in Basics of 2D animation, Digital Photography, Basics of editing, Basics of VFX and Digital Restoration, Industrial exposure, Guest Lectures and also provide apprenticeship support under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). ITDC has partnered with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to setup and operate a “Centre of Excellence” in Hospitality Sector, design courses & curriculum and offer courses in Hospitality trades, Event Management, Front office operations, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage operations and Entrepreneurship programmes. They will also provide accreditation & certification support.