New Delhi : As a follow-up of the 5th edition of Young Leaders Connect in Itanagar in October, YLC discussed with the Union Minister of State (Independent charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy and pitched for a fellowship progamme for emerging entrepreneurs and various other skill building programme under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the North East.
The meeting was attended by YLC Members Sushmita Dev (Member of Parliament) Gaurav Gogoi (Member of Parliament), Hotelier Bjorn DeNeise, Hekani Jakhalu (Founder, YouthNet) and other Joint Secretaries of the Ministries including Jyotsna Sitling.
Earlier in October, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy addressing the inaugural day of the two-day conclave of Young Leaders Connect (YLC), with the theme ‘Start-up North East, Stand-Up North East’ in Itanagar, said skill development needed to be integrated with school education for successful entrepreneurship. He had assured that the Centre will provide “all possible help” for skill development to the youth of the North East for gainful self-employment.
At the fifth edition of the Young Leaders Connect meeting in Itanagar this year, it was discussed and decided that YLC would like to initiate a fellowship for the entrepreneurs of the North East states. YLC is keen to address the soft challenges of exposure, knowledge dissemination, skill sets and networking for the entrepreneurs from the North East. A feedback received from many entrepreneurs from across the North East during the fifth edition of YLC, suggested that there is an immediate need of a cohort and fellowship platform that will aim at addressing these challenges.
YLC also proposed for skill development of North East youth under special category of PMKVY. Most of the people from NE India have a tendency to either stay in their home state or come back after few years of employment in other parts of India. These people when they go outside NE region learn skills and take-up jobs in different industrial/commercial sectors which do not have much potential in the region, when they come back.
On the other hand, there are numerous state specific sectors aligned to traditional skills with huge manpower requirement. Although, PMKVY 2.0 includes few courses in-line with traditional skills of NE people; there is still a greater potential to adhere to traditional/local skills of the people and make them employable.
“Our project will benefit the unemployed youth because we will provide them a crucial missing link of numerous traditional skill specific training along with local employment generation,” YLC said.
The project will eventually help in building and supporting NE entrepreneurs with skilled human resources and further establish stronger market links for the products or services.
YLC is an initiative of YouthNet started in 2012 creating a platform for young leaders and achievers of North East.
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