National Industry Conclave on Skills : Government’s latest attempt for Skill India Mission

As part of the Skill India Development Mission launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on July 15 last year, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has embarked on a journey to make it a grand success. On the occasion of the 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Union Government organized a ‘National Industry Conclave on Skills’ on 12th January at Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai.

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Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu addressed the conclave, other ministers also shared their views on Skill development

The conclave was steered by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs¬†and Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs. On the other hand, hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurated 20th National Youth Day in Raipur. Keeping in mind the skill vision of India, the meeting is being conducted for industry leaders who are the stakeholders in skill ecosystem.


Topics discussed in the conclave are : Public Private Partnership in Skill Development, Skill imperative for industrial growth, Improving Livelihood of Rural India through Skill India including other major topics.

Industry leaders were urged to establish at least one skill development centre by 2017 in each district. The industry requested government to establish the central mechanism of certification of skilled workers. Even the establishment of training schools for the trainers was also asked for.

Also read : Punjab government set up colleges for skill development

Many ministers from the central and State Government namely Manohar Parrikar, Minister for Defence, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highway and Shipping, Birender Singh, Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Sanitation & Drinking Water, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (independent charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance shared their views on skill development so as to conceive and partner towards realizing the vision of Skill India.

The conclave brought together industry captains and professionals from across industries onto one platform to deliberate on important issues related to skill development in India. The pioneers of the industrial market viz., Tata, TCS, Reliance Communication, Bharti Airtel, JSW Steel, Reliance Industries, GVK, GMR, Essar and more participated at the conference.

This happened at the Conclave

Challenges and opportunities of skill development in India were discussed at the national industry conclave. Corporate sector of the country has shown a positive response to the government’s call for playing a bigger role in skill development. One of the biggest challenges India faces today is that of skilling the youth. The number of vocationally trained people in India is only 5.3%, as against 70-90% in other countries. All the school dropouts, college dropouts, graduates and post graduates, engineering, vocational skills, agriculture and allied activities, craft and self-help groups should be imbibed with skill development.

The industrialists have been asked to recruit ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) across the country as private sector employment and self-employment are the future avenues for the youth.

Read here : Industry promises to invest Rs 4.5 lakh crore

Setting up of the Corporate Skill Excellence Centres

So as to attract more and more leading industries to set up co-branded Corporate Skill Excellence Centres in PPP mode, the government has planned that it will provide various tax and non-tax incentives to corporate so that they can set up Corporate Skill Excellence Centres as part of their core business or CSR activities. The CSR funds can be routed through National Skill Development Fund with specific outcomes.

To honour and celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also organized special events in its affiliated schools on January 11 and 12 as a part of their Expression Series programme.

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