Sita Deopa, 18, is thrilled to be among the pioneer batch of 174 students at the skills training centre in Delhi that is modelled after Singapore's Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
"I did a computer course but really wanted to do retail because I feel there are more opportunities in retail," said Sita, who is enrolled in the retail services course and aims to be a manager.
The centre, housed in a temporary campus at the Indian Technical Institute in north-east Delhi, is a collaboration between the Singapore and Delhi governments.
Work on it began after a memorandum of understanding was signed in July last year during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to India.
It was inaugurated on Thursday by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a ceremony attended by a Singapore delegation led by Mr Ng Cher Pong, deputy secretary (policy) of the Ministry of Education.
"Delhi needs a lot of infrastructure and it also needs skills to manage the infrastructure. Whether it is the metro or the retail outlets, we need trained personnel," said Ms Dikshit at the ceremony. "I am grateful to the Government of Singapore."
She said the institute would be named Hunar, which means excellence in English.
Mr Ng said Singapore was "pleased to share" its experience in setting up the ITE system but also said the courses were being tailor-made for India.