Bhubaneswar: The nature of the global economy and India’s place in it is evolving quickly. Over the past quarter of a century, India has been undergoing an economic transformation like never before and yet the country is home to millions of earnest and employment-hungry youngsters who are unable to get jobs. For India to stay “one step ahead” of the competition, it is paramount that we create opportunities for our next generation, while at the same time nurture and inspire them so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to grasp such opportunities and realize their potentials, said Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir.
Delivering 17th edition of Foundation Day Lecture on 38th Foundation Day of Nalco in Nalco Auditorium, Bhubaneswar Governor said, the Skill India Mission is an opportunity for companies to give some serious thought to how they can play an impactful role in bridging the skills gap in the country. Wide-scale impact cannot occur without the active involvement of both the public and the private sector. By leveraging the Skill India Mission and engaging with the Government and implementation agencies, companies can work to provide much-needed training programmes for development of the country in the long-term. Odisha’s economic productivity and competitiveness relies on its workforce having the right skills- now and in the future. And with industry in the driver’s seat, Odisha is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities. The voice of Industry must ensure Odisha has a quality skill development system that meets the needs of both industry and employees- both now and into the future. This industry-led lead initiative for getting skills right and approach to training must recognize the importance of having a highly skilled workforce to our business, communities and the national economy. By driving greater engagement by businesses in skills development, Odisha will be better able to take advantage of future opportunities, Governor added.Nalco has a larger role which has a good record of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. CSR is a way of conducting business, by which corporate entities whould visibly contribute to the social good. Given the diversity and level of development in different parts of our country, CSR cannot be a one-zise-fits- all approach. While developing programmes, industry leaders and CSR experts must look at issues that are relevant to different regions, Governor observed.Nalco has been committed to achieving global excellence in alumina and aluminium production. Now it is a symbol of excellence well recognized nationally and internationally, said Governor. The Company and its Units have received various National, State and Institutional awards for excellence in Safety and Environment Management. We take pride of its achievements not only as one of the finest public sector institutions but also for its establishment in Odisha. It is rightly being recognized as a Navaratna company. However, to sustains the success, it is imperative to always gear up to meet the changing challenges and needs of our society. Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD and B.K. Thakur, Director (HR) spoke on the occasion. Nalco Foundation Day awards were presented to Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre, Amiya Kumar Samantaray, Pravakar Maharana, Manas Kumar Sahoo and Arati Devi were also present on the occasion.