Industry Interaction with Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Honorable Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India

13th August | 0930 hrs – 1330 hrs
Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba, Mumbai


         Skill Development has evolved as one of the most critical threads driving India’s socio-economic progress. For industry competitiveness and for creating a productive workforce, The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was formed in 2014.

         The rapid evolution of technology and innovation are changing the fundamentals of skills needed to thrive in today’s digital era. Newer jobs are being created in emerging areas and this has created a Supply and demand conundrum between Industry and available skilled talent pool bringing forward the need of youth to acquire a new breed of skill sets that will help them leverage the opportunity and maximize their own potential. To drive the skills and proficiency in emerging areas among the masses of India there is a need for a demand-driven approach.

         In the recent past, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has undertaken various steps and designed pragmatic schemes to create an industry-friendly skills ecosystem and enable the creation of a skilled & certified talent pool through its on-ground initiatives. The Government of India has been working on a focused approach on Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and has been able to make an effective impact through its various initiatives such as:

  1. Amended Apprenticeship Act and the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
  2. Vocationalisation of Education – both at school and higher education
  3. Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)
  4. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  5. UDAAN (Special Industry Initiative for Jammu & Kashmir)

         With the given background CII organised a Workshop on key skill issues and submission of recommendations with interaction with Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Honorable Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India to understand the vision and way forward and how the industry can participate and support the skills ecosystem. The workshop and interaction were to identify the gaps and challenges, ideate on solutions and how Industry being the recipient of the talent pool can play a greater role in the skills ecosystem.

Mr. Winny Rawal, Head – Transnational Education & Industry Interface, Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers, led one of the Break-Out Session “Issues and Challenges faced by the Training Providers and suggested solutions”.  The session focused on how we attract more suitable youth that can be trained and retained by Industry, challenges in placement and challenges faced and practical solutions to the same.

Contribute to make this world a better place for all

The world has bigger problems than anyone of us can imagine. It’s normal to think that such problems are beyond our control and you yourself cannot make a difference.
Certainly, one person cannot solve problems of the entire world. However, one thing you can do is to INSPIRE.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Take a step towards betterment of others lives and your actions will inspire others to do the same.

Give away clothes you don’t wear, donate books to the library, give blankets to people living on the streets. Do not waste food. Help people in crisis. You can spare a few hours from your daily schedule and spend time with old age home people, read to the blinds, teach underprivileged children.

Be Clean
Carry your trash with you. Dispose of it in a trash can. Keep your house clean, keep your city clean, keep your country clean. It is every person’s responsibility. Just because a street is already dirty, you don’t have to make it dirtier.

Reduce Reuse Recycle
Well, this goes without saying. Try to recycle anything you can. You will be helping the environment a lot and in turn, you are helping yourself. Reduce the amount of plastic and other non-degradable waste you generate. Become as eco-friendly as possible. Always take a carry bag with you when you go shopping.

A smile can go a long way. Make people around you happy, people make up the world. Smiling at a stranger can make both you and them feel better. Being smiled at works the same way.

Be healthy
To make the world you inhabit a better place, you should first make the body you live in a better place. Avoid junk food, exercise at least thrice a week, and spend time with nature. Drink a lot of water and breathe deeply whenever you can. These things do wonders for your body and mind, and will make you want to care about all of the other mentioned things.