Bhubaneswar: Shri Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister, Department of Home, Energy, Industries, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise, Government of Odisha, the chief guest at Skill East Summit held at Bhubaneswar by Confederation of Indian Industry said that Government of Odisha, way back in ‘50s started vocational training at remotest corners of the state like Kalahandi. This clearly speaks about the seriousness of the State Government. Through this forum. Hon’ble Minister sought Industry’s support to take this agenda forward.
“The advantage of demographic dividend can be capitalized if our talent pool is trained as per international standards. While the Indian skills ecosystem is still evolving, a lot of experience and unique studies are available internationally”, said Mr Pradipta Mohanty the vice chairman Odisha State Council & Chairman, SNM Group.
The skills development challenge has magnified due to unprecedented issues of scalability i.e. reaching 500 million by 2022. This has coupled with multiple challenges in implementation. The country today requires a robust strategic framework which neatly ties the existing initiatives and brings the stakeholders together.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized ‘SKILL EAST’ to debate around the desired future skill sets and to pave the way forward by formulating a strategy in consultation with international experts. The Summit comes with the belief that youth in India must be equipped not just to meet the domestic demands but also to cater to the global manpower requirements.
At present, there has been a number of positive interventions from various stakeholder groups viz. Government, Industry, Training Institutions, etc. aimed at providing skill training among unemployed youths. Training is conducted by various State Government Departments / Agencies under different schemes. Industry houses are also conducting skill development training programmes under their CSR mandate. However, in spite of these efforts, there still exists a skill deficit that needs to be addressed. The Indian workforce is expected to be around 600 million by 2022 as compared to around 473 million today.
Other dignitaries present at the summit were Mr. Santosh Kumar Mohapatra, Past Chairman CII, Odisha State Council, Mr Shubhenjit Chaudhuri, Co Chairman, Skill Development Subcommittee CII Eastern Region & Managing Director, Tata pigments Ltd.,
The conclave has been graced by three CEOs of the Sector Skill Council, eminent industry speakers like Mr Satyarth Priyedarshi, Head of Digital, Tata AIA Life Insurance Ltd, Mr Supreeth Nagaraju Head Education -Digital Media Adobe
More than 150 representatives of industries, training providers, mentors from different field and entrepreneurs participated in the summit and few eminent speakers share views on Future Skilling ecosystem of the country.