New Delhi : UP cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan and UP Skill Development Mission director Rajesh Kumar attended Mail Today’s first Skills and Entrepreneurship Summit in Delhi. Here’s what they said.
With a clear target in mind to skill and train nearly two lakh youth every year, the Uttar Pradesh government under Yogi Adityanath is on a mission to train nearly 10 lakh during the entire BJP term till 2022.
Speaking at Mail Today’s first edition of Skills and Entrepreneurship Summit in the Capital on Thursday, Chetan Chauhan, the UP cabinet minister for skills, vocational education, youth and sports development, said: “This skill mission under CM Yogi’s government is with a difference…without going into the past, I would say that we are thrusting a single point agenda – skills with maximum placements.”
Chauhan said: “Skills have to go hand-in-hand with placements, as then only more and more youth will get encouraged to take up new learning skills and training. We are entering into an agreement with all our trainers to adhere to the government’s placement criteria as core objective of the state skills mission.”
The veteran Indian cricket team opener told the gathering that skills and jobs are essential because his state would soon have nearly 60 per cent of the population in the workable age group.
“The worry is that not more than 10 per cent are skilled in this category and we are committed to skill maximum youth so that they earn a living and run their small enterprises.”
Chauhan said that nearly 19 companies are working to train state youth and eventually place them in jobs.
“Big companies such as Raymonds, Maruti, L & T, Lava, Rajasthan Spinning and Weaving Mills are working with us and we are also tying up with placement agencies like Select Jobs, Mera Hunar, Saral Rozgar and Monster.com. We are committed to prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start Up India’ program, and are trying to make the most of these by skilling our youth.”
The thrust is also on reviving traditional skills in Uttar Pradesh, the minister said, adding: “We are encouraging our youth to take up skills to learn traditional arts like weaving, carpet-making, perfumery, glassworks, pottery and the famous chikan work of Lucknow.”
‘SABKO HUNAR, SABKO KAAM’
Echoing his minister, Rajesh Kumar, director of UP’s Skill Development Mission, said: “Our mission is aiming for ‘sabko hunar, sabko kaam’. The Skills Mission, by pooling the resources from different sources, is working on it. We are aiming for placements in both wage and selfemployment. To scale up its operation, quality, and ease of access, technology has been put to use by way fully integrated portal, mobile applications, etc.
We are now ensuring that from accreditation of training centres to inspection and final results are all provided through our portal. Candidates can now opt for sector and centre online.”
Kumar added, “The training providers are being helped to achieve the targets of placement by way of conducting regular job fairs and the options by way of placement agencies. “We recently got over 400 placements in one job fair.”
The UP Skills Mission has moved closer to the people, resulting in increased acceptance of the skill training.
“This is evident by the fact that registration on portal of the interested candidates in the present financial year crossed the three lakh mark. This increased belief in the mission is motivating us to achieve our aim of helping better and dignified life to aspiring youth,” Kumar added.
Chauhan signed off in his own style, quoting famous US President Franklin Roosevelt: “We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can definitely build our youth for future.”
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