'Skill Development' Conference getting good response: Saurabh Patel

Bilkul News, Gandhinagar, Sep 23: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate National Conference on Skill Development on Wednesday, September 25, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagr. The day also coincides with the birth anniversary of Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay, expounder of ‘Ekatma Manav-vad’.  

Giving details of the programme State government spokesperson and Labour and Employment Minister Saurabh Patel said the conference has received a huge response from across the nation. Industrial training institutes and self-finance training institutes from 531 districts of 28 states and 4 union territories, industry captains and experts of skill development from within and outside of nation will take part in it. 

Speaking about the objectives of the conference Patel said that Gujarat is witnessing rapid industrial growth during the Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s regime. Various new sectors are flourishing which essentially require skilled manpower. The conference is yet another initiative to encourage skill development among youths and to cater to the needs of the industries. 

“India is a country with highest population of youths. And the youths are full of inner strength and potential for developing modern skills”, he said. 

Mr. Patel exuded faith that if given skill training, the youths can build a bright future for themselves and come forward for nation building. “This is how India can harness its demographic dividend, which is among the objectives of the conference”, said Mr. Patel”, he said.

The conference will see five technical sessions conducted by John Blomquist, lead economist, south Asia region, World Bank, Jean – Marc Castejon, European Union Skill Project and  Nobuhiko Yoshida from Japan as penal chairman. About 10 penal discussions will be held on 30 subjects ranging from telecom, information technology, gems and jewellery, construction, agriculture and security among others. Discussions on the initiatives related to skill development taken by Gujarat and other states will also be held. 

Patel said that discussions will also be held on the state and central government’s policies on six topics including (1) Skilling for Inclusive development in rural areas (2) Leveraging skills – A service sector perspective (3) Skill for security sector (4) Importance of skill in industries (5) Large skill employment service sector perspective (6) India, a global sourcing hub in skilled work force for IT sector. 

Experts will discuss newer aspects of skill development including industry responsive skilling, needs of skilled manpower in urban and rural areas, skill development in organized and unorganized sector. AICTE chairman will also share his views on incorporating skill development training in the education sector.    

A special trainer-trainee delegation will arrive to take part in the conference from Mathura, birth place of Pandit Dindayalji, along with over 200 delegates from Uttar Pradesh. Teams of senior secretaries to the state governments of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim and Nagaland will also arrive to take part in the conference. 

Labour and Employment Minister exuded faith that the organization of this conference will prove a farsighted step in empowerment of youths through skill development on all-round growth by harnessing the youth power in the 21st century. 

Additional Chief Secretary P. Panirvel and Employment and Training Commissioner Sonal Mishra was also present on the occasion. 

It is noteworthy that Gujarat is highest employment providing state in the country. The State has also bagged the Prime Minister’s award for its ‘Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras’. The government of India has appreciated the Gujarat government’s skill development model and encouraged other states to emulate it.