Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) recently celebrated the second anniversary of Skill India Mission on the World Youth Skills day. About 100 GST training centres and 51 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras were inaugurated on the occasion. Skill India Mission is the brainchild of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. It was during his presence, MSDE had launched the Skill India Campaign on the occasion of the first ever World Youth Skills Day on July 15, 2015.
Minister of State (I/C) MSDE Rajiv Pratap Rudy hosted the celebrations and the Union Ministers present as the Guests of Honour were Uma Bharati, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Zubin Irani, and Dharmendra Pradhan.
Skill India – hallmark mission
In his keynote address, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “Skill India is a hallmark mission for us and it has been a great two-year journey of Skill India. India has always been an artisan-based economy for the last 5,000 years that sustained livelihoods. We have always had weavers, potters, metallurgy, farmers, etc. But with the British rule, the country learnt the art of rulers. We need to go back to our roots and find our natural skills that will make us more efficient in our work life. We all know that applied knowledge is the most relevant knowledge to gain.”
“This year we will focusing extensively on quality, our schemes and programs have to orient themselves to seeking regional balance so that maximum number of people can reap the benefit and add to their personal and the country’s economic growth. We are committed to the vision of our Prime Minister with full passion, integrity and commitment to make it into a success. Our endeavor will be to give wings to the dreams our people and empower them to be successful in their life,” he further added. The event saw prominent industry captains and key representatives of companies participate and more than 32,000 companies pledged support to apprenticeship training for Skill India Mission under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).