India : Assam Skill University Project

Sovereign Project | 53277-002

The project will assist the Government of Assam in strengthening its skills education and training system to ensure decent employment for all and accelerate sustainable and inclusive infrastructure and industrial development. It will create pathways for skills progression and mobility between technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education through the establishment of a skill university, and will raise skill levels to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of industries in Assam. The project will enhance skills and employability of youth and adults, especially women and those from disadvantaged groups, and improve their prospect of getting higher-paying, decent jobs. The project will form part of the strategic engagement of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the Government of Assam for economic corridor development, environmental sustainability, and climate change.

Project Details

Project Name
Assam Skill University Project
Project Number
53277-002
Country / Economy
  • India
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4166-IND: Assam Skill University Project
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 112.00 million
TA 6875-IND: Supporting the Development of Higher-Level Skills and Entrepreneurship
Source Amount
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 1.00 million
Climate Change Fund US$ 150,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary

Gender
Gender equity theme
Description
The project will assist the Government of Assam in strengthening its skills education and training system to ensure decent employment for all and accelerate sustainable and inclusive infrastructure and industrial development. It will create pathways for skills progression and mobility between technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education through the establishment of a skill university, and will raise skill levels to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of industries in Assam. The project will enhance skills and employability of youth and adults, especially women and those from disadvantaged groups, and improve their prospect of getting higher-paying, decent jobs. The project will form part of the strategic engagement of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the Government of Assam for economic corridor development, environmental sustainability, and climate change.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Assam is the largest state in the North Eastern Region of India in terms of economy and population and occupies a strategic position for various regional cooperation programs in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Assam's economy registered high growth rates from fiscal year (FY) 2016 to FY2019 (12.7% on average) and contributed to 61.2% of the region's gross domestic product (GDP) in FY2019. Despite its abundant natural resources and higher proportion of young population (under 40 years of age) than the rest of India, Assam has yet to unleash its growth potential. In FY2019, the state's GDP per capita (

92,533) ranked 28th among the 33 states and union territories. The structure of the economy has been slow to change, with the primary sector (agriculture and mining) still accounting for 27.8% of the state's GDP in FY2019. Assam is landlocked and largely rural, and has underdeveloped infrastructure, and its economy is dominated by low value-added, natural resource-based products and is poorly integrated with regional and global value chains. Its manufacturing sectors are undiversified and small (11.4% of GDP in FY2019). Studies conducted by ADB indicate that aggressive infrastructure and industrial development specifically corridor-based industrial development is necessary for Assam to grow its economy. However, they identify limited availability of a skilled workforce as one of the constraints to this strategy.

Assam was home to about 24.8 million people aged 15 years and above (49% women) in 2018, of whom more than 11.4 million (46%) were in the labor force (84% in rural areas), and 10.6 million (93% of the labor force) were employed. The share of nonfarm employment grew steadily, from 32% in 2005 to 44% in 2012, and to 77% in 2018. Gender disparities in Assam's labor force are stark: as of 2018, the labor force participation rate for women was 13% compared to 78% for men, the unemployment rate was 27% for women compared to 4% for men, and 30% of women were in farm employment compared to 22% of men.

Fewer prospects for socioeconomic development have propelled out-migration for jobs and education, further exacerbating shortages of skills for manufacturing and services. Assam is prone to natural hazards such as cyclonic storms and floods, which are likely to intensify because of climate change. The incidence of poverty remains higher than the national average and has worsened amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Moreover, educational attainment was lower than the national average in 2018: 82% of the population aged 15 years and above received education only up to grade 10 and below or did not receive education at all (84% of women, and 79% of men), while 13% attained grades 1112 (11% of women and 26% of men), and barely 5% completed higher education (4% of women and 6% of men, footnote 6). TVET and higher education in Assam are undersupplied: as of FY2019 there was 1 industrial training institute (ITI) per 1 million population (compared to 11 in India); 15 colleges per 100,000 population aged 1823 (compared to 28 in India); and 18.7% gross enrollment ratio in higher education for the population aged 1823 (compared to 26.3% in India), 18.3% for the female population (compared to 26.4% in India), and 19.1% for the male population (compared to 26.3% in India). The lack of supply is exacerbated by the inability of TVET and higher education institutions to operate to their full capacity and accept all qualified students (para. 7).

Impact

Decent employment for all ensured

Inclusive and sustainable infrastructure and industrial development accelerated

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Industry-aligned and flexible skills education and training system strengthened in Assam

Progress Toward Outcome
To be reviewed during mid-term review mission in late 2024.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

University management and operating systems, business models, and faculty development and management systems developed.

Environmentally sustainable and climate resilient university campus and facilities developed.

Industry-aligned and flexible skills education and training programs designed and delivered.

Capacity to manage and support entrepreneurship, applied R&D and technology transfer developed.

Access to professional development and quality skills education and training resources in Assam, other states, and neighboring countries improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Since May 2023, ASU Management and Operating System Development Consultants have been supporting the establishment of ASU management and operating systems. The recruitment processes of management, academic and non-academic staff started in August 2023.-Works related to deliverables of CS03 which pertain to University management and operating systems, business models, and faculty development and management systems is under progress. Around 20% of delivery is completed and rests are under progress at various stages.-Bid Evaluation of Business Development support agency has been completed and submission 2 is shared with ADB on 20th Jan'24 for obtaining no objection. -Civil works for interim campus is under progress and is expected to be completed by May'24. Course curriculum is complete and works related to lab set up of ASUs Interim Campus is under progress.- Bid document for Digital Campus platform has been prepared and is under review by a committee formed by ASU; it is expected that report from the committee will be received on or before 31st Mar'24.-ASU started interviewing candidates for 22 faculty and non-faculty staff members posts in late December 2023. Till now 5 faculties, 8 Junior and Senior instructors, 1 Deputy Registrar and 1 Accountant have joined ASU. Appointment letter for the post of Deputy Controller of Examination has been issued and the incumbent is expected to join latest by 31st Mar'24. Recruitment process for the posts of 3 Professors, 1 System Administrator, 1 Asst. Librarian and 1 Administrative officer is under progress and likely to be completed by 31st May'24.Construction of ASU campus, facilities, and the boundary wall has started. Registration for the Indian Green Building Councils assessment process for green campus and building rating is complete and implementation of guideline is under progress. Since May 2023, ASU Management and Operating System Development Consultants have been supporting the establishment of ASU's various organizational units, including the office of industry engagement and commercial ventures. Further progress to be assessed during subsequent review missions.-Partnership opportunities with internationally renowned institutions and industry/employers are being explored. -Activities to commence in July 2024 from the interim campus and in June 2026 from the main campus.
Geographical Location
Assam

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Environmental impacts of civil works (output 2) are likely to be insignificant. The initial environmental examination reports and environmental management plans (EMP) have been disclosed on ADB website. Contractors will develop a health and safety plan which includes COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Potentially affected persons were consulted, and their concerns will be addressed through the implementation of EMP. The Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) will establish a grievance redress mechanism. ASDMs environmental management capacity has been developed during project preparation and will be strengthened during project implementation.
Involuntary Resettlement
Due diligence confirmed that no land will be acquired permanently or temporarily, from a person, household, business, or community; and that all civil works will take place on the government-owned land allotted for ASU which is free from encumbrance. Any portion of the land that would trigger involuntary resettlement will be excluded.
Indigenous Peoples
Assam was home to 3.88 million scheduled tribe people who accounted for 12.4% of the total population (2011 Census). The project would not cause adverse impacts on the scheduled tribe population. Scheduled tribe youth and adults will have access to skills education and training, which would enhance their prospect of getting higher-paying, decent jobs. Findings from consultations have been incorporated into the project design. The Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM)s capacity to manage indigenous peoples safeguards is adequate and will be enhanced during project implementation. An indigenous peoples plan with measures to improve access to skills education and training, career development services has been disclosed on ADB website.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Through workshops, meetings, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions, key stakeholders, including relevant government agencies, communities surrounding the Assam Skill University, prospective students and parents, industries and enterprises, trainers and faculty members of technical and vocational education and training institutions, have been consulted on the project design.
During Project Implementation
Project information will be communicated through ADB's and government's websites, workshops and meetings, training, seminars, promotional and outreach activities, ASU's brand materials, and mass media in accordance with the requirements of ADB's information disclosure policy. The Assam Skill University (ASU) will develop public relations and marketing strategy to establish an ASU brand, reach out to prospective students, and attract industry and institutional partners and investors (output 1). Promotional and outreach activities for student recruitment will also be conducted regularly. The development of skills education and training programs will involve TVET and higher education institutional and industry partners (output 3). Industry associations will be also involved through workshops and partnership agreements in the processing of establishing, designing, and delivering skills education and training programs. ASU will share and disseminate resources, good practices, and lessons developed under the project with TVET and higher education institutions in Assam, the other states, and neighboring countries (output 5). The project management unit (PMU) established by the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) will coordinate stakeholder communication activities under the project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
To be determined
Procurement
To be determined

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Manikpuri, Praveen Kumar
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department

Timetable

Concept Clearance
17 Dec 2020
Fact Finding
03 Mar 2021 to 25 Mar 2021
MRM
17 May 2021
Approval
13 Dec 2021
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
10 Apr 2024

Funding

Loan 4166-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 18 Feb 2022 31 Dec 2027 - -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 140.00
ADB 112.00
Counterpart 28.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 06 Jun 2024 43.59 0.00 39%
Cumulative Disbursements 06 Jun 2024 11.79 0.00 11%

TA 6875-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2024 31 Dec 2026 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
150,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,150,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
06 Jun 2024 212,886.93
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Unsatisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Assam Skill University Project: Social Monitoring Report (February-July 2023) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Social Monitoring Report (August 2023-January 2024) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (August 2022-January 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (February-July 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (August 2023-January 2024) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Detailed Design and Construction of Assam Skill University Campus and Facilities (Phase I - Buildings) Initial Environmental Examination Addendum Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2024
Assam Skill University Project: Social Monitoring Report (August 2022-January 2023) Social Monitoring Reports May 2023
Assam Skill University Project: Construction of Boundary Wall of University Campus Final Revised Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2023
Assam Skill University Project: Interim Campus Establishment, Operation, and Management Subproject Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2023
Assam Skill University Project: Social Monitoring Report (February-July 2022) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2022
Assam Skill University Project: Detailed Design and Construction of Assam Skill University Campus, Facilities, and Boundary Wall Subproject Environmental Monitoring Report (February-July 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2022
Assam Skill University Project: Detailed Design and Construction of Assam Skill University Campus and Facilities Updated Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2022
Assam Skill University Project: Construction of Boundary Wall of University Campus Revised Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination May 2022
Assam Skill University Project: Social Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Mar 2022
Assam Skill University Project: Design and Construction of Assam Skill University Campus and Facilities Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2021
Assam Skill University Project: Indigenous Peoples Plan Indigenous Peoples Plans/Indigenous Peoples Development Plans Apr 2021
Assam Skill University Project: Construction of Boundary Wall of University Campus Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2021

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
4166-IND/ Assam Skill University Project - GS-02a (Rebid) Invitation for Bids Closed
4166-IND: Assam Skill University Project [GS-02 a] Invitation for Bids Closed
Leadership, Faculty, and Curriculum Development Firm - Consulting Closed
4166-IND: Assam Skill University Project [CW04] Invitation for Bids Closed
Climate Change Specialist (Construction) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Education Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
4166-IND/ Assam Skill University Project Invitation for Bids Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Specialist (Agriculture) Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Specialist (Forest Biodiversity) Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate and Disastser Risk Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
University Business Development Support Firm - Consulting Closed
Internal Audit firm for ASUP Firm - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed
Digital Campus/University Management System Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Digital Campus/University Management System Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Industry Analysis Firm - Consulting Closed
Smart Campus Management Firm - Consulting Closed
53277-IND: Assam Skill University Project [CW-02] Invitation for Bids Closed
53277-IND: Assam Skill University Project [CW-01] Invitation for Bids Closed
CONSULTING FIRM 1 PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT Firm - Consulting Closed
ASSAM SKILL UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AND OPERATING SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT Firm - Consulting Closed
CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE Firm - Consulting Closed
MARKET RESEARCH AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CW04- Construction of Remaining Boundary Wall of ASU Campus Loan 4166 02 Apr 2024 M/s Bhaskar Baruah | Zoo Road, Tiniali, Guwahati 781003 Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 1,016,505.53 1,016,505.53
ASU Management System and Operating System Development Loan 4166 14 Apr 2023 KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited | 2nd Floor, Block T2, (B Wing), Lodha Excelus, Apollo Mills Compound, N. M Joshi Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai-400011, Maharashtra Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 1,656,332.07 1,656,332.07
Construction Supervision and Quality Assurance Consultants Loan 4166 03 May 2022 Shah Technical Consultants | 407 Raheja Centre, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400021 India Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 719,190.71 709,221.21
Project Management Support Consultants Loan 4166 04 Mar 2022 Ernst and Young LLP | Golf View Tower - B, Sector 42, Gurgaon - 122002 Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 1,135,695.66 1,135,083.20
Detailed design and construction of ASU campus and facilities Loan 4166 04 Mar 2022 Pawan Communications Pvtt. Ltd. | 4 Floor, Royal Arcade Building, Dr. B Barush Road, Ulubari, 781007 Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 38,769,898.38 38,748,990.59
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6875 14 Mar 2022 Ela Green Buildings & Infrastructure Consultants Private Limited (INDIA) | 51, Officers Lane, Pallavaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600043 India Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 134,070.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6875 16 Mar 2022 Index Strategy, Inc. (JAPAN) in association with Social System Design Co., Ltd. (JAPAN) | 4-3-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, 23F Shiroyama Trust Tower Tokyo Japan Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department 186,023.00

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Assam Skill University Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Apr 2024