Vibrant Gujarat - National Conference on Skill Development
Skill development architecture in India.
Sustainable skill training models.
Skilling for inclusive development in agriculture sector in rural areas.
Knowledge society: enhancing entrepreneurship &
Skill development & dignity of labor.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Vibrant Gujarat - National Conference on Skill Development
“National Conference on Skill Development”
Date: 25th September, 2013 Venue: Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar
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“Skill and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. Skill development is critical for achieving faster, sustainable and inclusive growth on the one hand for providing decent employment opportunities to the growing young population on the other. Countries with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of world of work.”
No. of participants: 7000
The conference was attended by dignitaries such as:
H.E. Freddy Svane
Ambassador of Denmark to India
Smt. Anandiben Patel
Hon’ble Minister, Revenue, Road & Building, Capital Project, Urban development, Urban housing, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Rajnikant Patel
Hon’ble Minister of State, Home, Police Housing, Border Security, Civil Defense, Home Guards, Gram Rakshak Dal, Prisons, Prohibition, Excise, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Ganpatbhai Vasava
Hon’ble Minister, Forest and Environment, Women and Child welfare, Legislative and Parlimentary Affairs, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Ramanbhai Vora
Hon’ble Minister, Social justice and empowerment, sports, youth and cultural activities, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Parbhatbhai Savabhai Patel
Hon’ble Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare, Transport, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Jayantibhai Kavadiya
Hon’ble Minister of State, Panchayat, Rural Housing, Rural Development, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Nitinbhai Patel
Hon’ble Minister, Finance, Health, Medical Education, Family Welfare, Transport, Government of Gujarat
Prof. K.C. Reddy
Chairman REEMAP, Andhra Pradesh
To showcase the huge skill potential available in India, “National Conference on Skill Development” was organized by Labour and Employment Department of the Gujarat government along with Confederation of Indian Industry and was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister Gujarat. The conference focused on knowledge sharing of best practices in Skill Development, creating better job opportunities for the youth, networking and encouraging participation from the Private Sector.
Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Labour and Employment, Government of Gujarat welcomed the audience with his address.
Mr. John Blomquist, India Human Development Coordinator, Lead Economist – South Asia Region World Bank addressed the attendees with his views on skill development. He mentioned that life skills, ability to be flexible are required more than technical skills. He added that life skills and life cycle approach to human development proves to be helpful. He stressed on the in-service training to raise the workforce.
The vote of thanks was given by Shri P Panneervel, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour and Employment Department, Government of Gujarat.
Speaking at the conference Shri Narendra Modi called for strengthening skill development initiatives in our nation so that it can help the youth of our nation. He mentioned that in the last century we were very proud of IITs and is a very good thing no doubt but in this century we need to think about ITIs and give it the same importance. Like there are industrial cluster, Shri Narendra Modi called for the setting up of Human Resource Development clusters that enable individuals to pick up skills that would give them ample opportunities near their homes. He avowed that there would be development where there will be skilled manpower.
During his speech he paid rich tributes to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary. Shri Modi stated that Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worked for the welfare of the poor and the marginalized communities and gave the 7M Mantra- Man, Machine, Material, Money, Management, Motive and Market.
He stressed on giving importance to the dignity of labour. He also shared that the Centre looked towards Gujarat’s initiatives on skill development especially Kaushalya Vardan Kendras (KVKs) and that this initiative received the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in 2013. He opined that, the more there is skilled manpower, the more will be the productivity, the better will be the manufacturing and consequently exports will increase. He added that States which will focus on skilled manpower will get more investments.
Moreover, in the conference speakers and experts from industries, departments, associations, educational institutes, directorates were invited for sharing their thoughts on various topics.
Major points discussed:
Skill development architecture in India,
Sustainable skill training models,
Skilling for inclusive development in agriculture sector in rural areas,
Knowledge society: enhancing entrepreneurship,
Skill development & dignity of labour,
Global best practices in skilling,
Large scale employment – service sector perspective,
Vocational education – a paradigm shift,
An efficient education delivery model: availability, accessibility, and acceptability,
Industry responsive skilling,
Sectoral demand for skill development: paving way for PPP,
Industry led apprenticeship,
Experience of tribal area skilling and developing PPP models for it
Potential in Plumbing industry for skilling – present skill scenario and way forward,
India: a global sourcing hub in skilled workforce for IT sector etc.
Way Forward: Going forward, there would be more of a focus on human skills and soft skills along with continued focus on developing technical skills.
Setting up of Human Resource Development clusters should be a priority that would enable individuals to pick up skills that would give them ample opportunities There should be a focus on reducing the gap between skilled labour demand and supply More skilled the professionals are in their respective sectors, better would be the quality of goods and services provided, and in turn, higher would be the exports