On 23rd and 24th February a summit held in New Delhi called Cambridge English South Asia Summit. Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press have come together in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to hold this summit.
The summit focused on skill enhancement which is much required in this 21st century. Official leaders from business and education field shared their ideas to develop skills of the people of South Asia. These experts discussed and proposed practical solutions on four important themes namely Teacher Development, Digital Learning, Employability, and Research and Innovation.
Many dignitaries were present at the summit from all over South Asia as well as from India including TV Somanathan, Joint Secretary, Government of India, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Dr. Nick Saville, Director Research and Thought leadership, Cambridge English Language Assessment etc. The keynote address of the event was delivered by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
The event was focused on soft skills. “Employability is a far bigger challenge than employment. Language and communications are some of the major skill gaps found in our youth. To bridge this gap, FICCI has been persistently working with all stakeholders towards creating an ecosystem to enhance employability of graduates. FICCI is happy to partner in this summit which is a step in this direction,” said Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI.
English language is not only important for linguistic ability but also for skill development at the workplace. “Cambridge English Language strives to ensure English language education is not only effective in terms of linguistic ability, but also delivers the skills required to improve career options and workplace productivity. Understanding the role of English in economic development is vital to future skill strategies,” said Angela ffrench, Director of operations – South Asia, Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Through this summit, it is an attempt to make students proficient in English language and personal skills which are important factors for particular region’s dynamic economy. Innovative solutions would be found to complex problems.