Assocham Organises Summit-cum-Awards on Skilling India in National Capital!

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New Delhi: India has made significant economic progress in recent years. A rising economy requires continuous supply of skilled manpower. Economic growth is a reflection of jobs created and skills and knowledge are evident requirements for any job. Both developed and developing countries are focusing on skilling people and India is no different.

To discuss the Employment landscape and Building a skilling system to match the new requirements, and recognizing organization having demonstrated outstanding contribution in various fields,
ASSOCHAM organizied “Summit-cum-Awards on Skilling India: From Skills to Employability” at Hotel ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.

Anantkumar Hegde, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI was the the Chief Guest of this summit. Speaking on the occasion he said,

“Skill development is top priority for the Union government. We are completely overhauling the system by introducing several new schemes and instituting systems and processes. We need alternatives to conventional education modules. That is why we are focussing on different verticals likeentrepreneurship and skill development.”

He Further Said, “Employment landscape is changing swiftly, and new jobs are emerging resulting out of disruption in the business models around the globe. New jobs require new skills which need to be created. a system that responds well to business needs, while opening opportunities for all people is the need of the hour.”

Dr. Surjit Pabla, Vice Chancellor, Bhartiya Skill Development University in Key Note Address said,

“Skill Development is the key driver of economic growth and prosperity of many advanced countries. With average age of its population around 27 years, India has a great demographic advantage over
most of the developed countries. However, if we do not put our act together to sort out our skilling programs for the youth, we are likely to miss this advantage and face the prospect of this demographic dividend being turned into a demographic nightmare with a very large population being unemployable.”

Brig. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar Chairman, ASSOCHAM Skill development council & Chancellor, NIMS University in his Special Address said,

“India has been doing very poorly in skill*
development. The ITIs and polytechnics, Which started coming up in the 1950 and were supposed to address this urgent need for skill development, have failed to come up to the Country’s expectations.”

Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC), Speaking on the occasion said,

“The National Policy on Skill Development was notified in 2009 and consequently, National Skill DeveIOpment Corporation (NSDC) was established in the same year to promote private sector participation via innovative funding models. NSDC has tied up with more than 200 training providers, many of whom have started scaling up their operations, to offer short term training programmes. NSDC has also Supported and incubated 39 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) which are intended to facilitate much needed participation and ownership of industry to ensure needs based training programmes.”

Dagmar Walter, Director,International Labour Organization (ILO), India in her Address said,

“The main reason for the present skills training and apprenticeship remaining unpopular is the lack of promotion revenues in the industry for the skills trained persons. Since they do not hold a degree, they do not get promoted to higher positions and invariably retire from the workers position after a whole life-time of work in the industry. The creation of Skills Universities will address this inadequacy of the present skills Training/ apprenticeship system and make skills education inspirational for the students.”

Rajesh Yadav, IAS, Chairman, RSLDC and Secretary, Department of Skills Employment and Entrepreneurship Govt of Rajasthan Said,

“In today’s age of globalisation and technological volatility, skill building is an important instrument to increase the efficacy and quality of labour for improved productivity and economic growth. Skill development has been recognized as a vital force for steering India’s future economic growth and has been seen as an instrument to
empower the individual and improve their social acceptance.”

Bhuvnesh Kumar, IAS in his Address said,

“Finding students to fill the classroom and getting the people to accept the jobs it is necessary to also explore the possibility of programmes aimed at Skilling and reskilling older “educated” populations that might be left behind owing to disruption and technological advances.”

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