SME Times News Bureau | 19 Sep, 2019
of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday said that the government is working to make India the
hub of largest skilled workers in the world.
Speaking at 'Journey: WorldSkills
Winners', organised by FICCI to felicitate the Indian
winners of World Skills Kazan 2019 competition on the eve of FICCI's
12th Global Skills Summit, Pandey said that there is no
dearth of talent in the country, they just need to be identified and provided
with a platform.
"It has been Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's dream to make India largest provider of skilled workforce not
only for the needs of the country but for the entire world. We are all working
to achieve this dream," Dr Pandey said, adding that India
would be the most populous country with 1.4 billion people by 2025.
Congratulating the winners of four medals
and 15 medallions of excellence at the recent World Skills 2019 at Kazan in
Russia, Dr Pandey said that India has moved up from 33rd rank
in 2015 and 19th in 2017 to 13th in 2019 among 63 countries.
"It's an honour and matter of great
pride that India has been ranked 13th out of 63 countries who participated at
WorldSkills International Skill Competition and we have 19 medal and medallion
winners this year," he said.
Pandey said that the government is planning two additional
Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) at Kanpur and Ahmedabad on the lines of one
coming up at Mumbai. These institutions would be of international standards at
par with those in Singapore,
Germany and England.
"There is no dearth of skilled
workforce in the country. It's just that we need to extend to them the right
platform and opportunities to further enhance and showcase their skills,"
Anil D. Sahasrabudhe,
Chairman, AICTE, said that passion and confidence are required to become best
in any talent. He extended all support from AICTE including funding and
setting-up specific Centres of Excellence across country.
Honorary Advisor, FICCI Skills Development Committee and Chairman, Manipal
Global Education, said that in order to excel in life one must first have a
dream and then follow it with hard work, perseverance and finding a mentor. He
further added that by 2025, India should not only become a $5 trillion economy
but should also win 25 gold medals at the World Skills competition.
Sahoo, Chair, FICCI Skills Development
Committee and Group President, HR, Reliance Industries, while refereeing to Dr
Pandey's term used for World Skills Kazan 2019 as 'Kaushal ka Kumbhmela' in
Russia, he said the next World Skills will be organized in China in 2021. The
time has come for India to host this 'Kumbhmela', he added.
Vikramjit Singh Sahney,
Co-Chair, FICCI Skills Development Committee and Chairman, Sun Group,
emphasized on the need to introduce skilling courses at 10+2 level so that the
country benefits from its demographic dividend.
Knowledge paper on 'Implementation of Apprenticeship in India' was
also released during the event.