Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar at the World Youth Skills Day. | Photo: Twitter/@drpradhanbjp
Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar at the World Youth Skills Day. | Photo: Twitter/@drpradhanbjp
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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is looking to skill India’s youth with knowledge to ensure they are employable, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said at an event on World Youth Skills Day Thursday.  

Highlighting the government’s efforts to increase the employability of the Indian youth, Pradhan said the Rs 5-lakh-crore capital expenditure to give a push to the Indian economy would result in blue-collared jobs.

“The government’s budget, Rs 5 lakh crore, which has been added as a capital expenditure in the budget, will help create demand for skilled blue collar professionals in the country. The ministry will focus on creating youth who have knowledge and are employable,” he said.

“This expenditure is in addition to the Rs 5 lakh crore public agencies of the government will spend,” Pradhan added.

The minister said skilling is no longer a secondary ancillary to education in the country.

“During the cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi too emphasised on treating skill and education as issues of equal importance, which is why they were placed under one leader,” said Pradhan, who is also the Minister of Education.

“The new National Education Policy gives the roadmap to take India’s skilling to a global level and map the skills required in the country. Post Covid, recovery of the economy now depends on how fast we can skill our youth and make them employable,” he added.

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‘Learning should not stop’

The minister also launched several schemes and initiatives at the event to fast-track the skilling, upskilling and reskilling of the Indian youth. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the event’s opening address and stressed the significance of skill in post-Covid recovery. “Learning should not stop with earning. Only a skilled person will grow in today’s world. This is applicable to both people and countries,” said the PM.

MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Secretary, Skill Development, Ravi Mittal and several state leaders from Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Assam were also present on the occasion.

The ministry sanctioned new 75 Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) for imparting skill development programmes for the upliftment of deprived sections of the society and unreached groups.

This is the first time that new centres are being set up under the JSS after it was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in July 2018. 

The scheme aims to provide vocational training to women, SC, ST, minorities and other backward sections of the society, with a focus on those who are illiterate, neo-literates, persons with rudimentary level of education up to Class 8 and school dropouts up to Class 12 in the 15-45 age group.

The JSS portal has also been redesigned to bring transparency and accountability.

An MoU was also signed between the National Institute of Open School and the National Council for Vocational Education and Training. This will aid in setting up of the National Skill Certificates Repository along with Digilocker, an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics & IT for students to keep digital documents.

The Directorate General of Training also launched 57 new courses to bridge the skill gap in the country.

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