- Newdelhi:15/7/19:On World Youth Skills Day, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) rang in celebrationsof the fourth anniversary of the Skill India Mission in the presence of many high-profile dignitaries at New Delhi today. A clutch of big-ticket announcements and signing of MoU’s to empower youth with appropriate skill training marked the day that saw several Ministers and government officials come together to show their commitment to the avowed Skill India Mission.
Skill India’s 4th Anniversary Celebration event was graced by the presence of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs as Chief Guest and other Ministers including Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Law and Justice & Communication, Electronics and IT; Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Minister for Human Resource Development; Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare & Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister, MSDE; Shri RK Singh, MoS (I/C) Power and New Renewable Energy and MoS, MSDE; Shri AM Naik, Chairman NSDC and Group Chairman, L&T; Dr. KPKrishnan, Secretary, MSDE; Shri Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, MSDE; Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, said, the Skill India Mission has offered new avenues of livelihood to the youth of the country. Urging young people to follow their heart in pursuing their ambitions, she said, “If you want to acquire a particular skill and you are comfortable with it, you should utilise it to the fullest. Do not settle for something just because it is easy, strive for what you want, put your heart to it and you will achieve it. Earlier it was not easy to look for opportunities, but today with the help of the Ministry, the Government has created an ecosystem for trraining. I would urge each one of you to utilise whatever is given to you by the government.”
Addressing the audience and guests present at the ceremony, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said,“On this auspicious day, I want to congratulate all who have been associated with Skill India in its four-year journey. An idea that germinated with our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of a Skilled India has now reached its next phase. The foundation has already been laid. It is essential that there is seamless convergence across skill development programs, for which we seek support of all ministries, states and industries.”
He further added, “We have also announced a number of initiatives today that will engage the youth in various skills designed to cater to new avenues of employment.We have placed emphasis on promoting apprenticeship and have rationalised the stipends to increase participation in this program.”
The event saw various launches and exchange of MoUs between government agencies and the private sector. The highlight of the day was Kaushal Yuva Samwaad, an open dialogue with the youth across the country to discuss potential issues and solutions from the candidates’ perspective. The two-week consulting programme was organised on a nationwide scale to engage young job-seekers to understand their views and ideas, and identify opportunities to help the Ministry in building on existing programmes and improving overall efficiency of its projects. The recommendations received would be compiled and referred for further program implementations.
On this occasion, MSDE announced launch of Kaushal Pakhwada, a 15-day campaign from July 16, under which sessions and workshops will be conducted across the countryto aspire young trainees under the Skill India Mission.
The event also witnessed introduction of 48-member contingent that will be representing India at WorldSkills International Competition, to be held from August 22 – 28 in Kazan, Russia. These young skill trainees, below 23 years, will be competing in 44-skills against their peers from 66 other countries.