NSDC and DP World’s We One forge partnership for global skill development

Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO of DP World met during a momentous meeting in Dubai. During this high-profile meeting, an important agreement was inked between NSDC International and We One, a subsidiary of DP World, heralding a new era in global talent mobility and skill development.

In the presence of Shri Sunjay Sudhir, the Ambassador of India to the UAE, and Consul General of India to Dubai, Shri Satish Kumar Sivan, CEO, NSDC, Shri Ved Mani Tiwari, and other distinguished officials, the agreement was signed, strengthening the ties between India and DP World, a global leader in logistics solutions.

The agreement aims to create new opportunities for skilling and connecting Indian youth to overseas employment opportunities, enhancing India’s position as a reservoir of diverse talents. Shri Pradhan reiterated his commitment to fulfilling the aspirations of India’s youth and preparing them to drive economic prosperity, not only for India but also for global economies.

NSDC International, is an enabler for global skilling solutions and We One, part of DP World, is a global leader in providing smart end-to-end logistics solutions. They signed an agreement today which aimed at supporting the skill development and employment opportunities for the front-line workforce.

This signing event follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2022 between NSDC International and Hindustan Ports (a DP World Company) to establish the Skill India International Centre in Varanasi, as a global center of excellence for skills. DP World and NSDC collaborated to set up the Skill India International Centre at Varanasi, offering a range of services such as skill training, counseling, pre-departure orientation, foreign language training, placement, immigration support, and post-placement assistance.

Additionally, Shri Pradhan had a productive meeting with teams of VFS Global and Transworld, focusing on connecting India’s youth with overseas opportunities, strengthening India’s training infrastructure, and expanding capacity in skill development. The Indian government, under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, is committed to creating more opportunities for skilling, apprenticeship, and employment to make the youth future-ready.

He expressed appreciation for the eagerness of VFS Global and Transworld Group to contribute to India’s journey of securing futures and empowering its youth while enhancing the skill landscape.

The Minister, yesterday, held an interaction with Principals of all 105 CBSE-affiliated schools functioning in the UAE. He was happy to learn that all these schools are aligned to the vision of NEP 2020 and are implementing it on ground. Shri Pradhan highlighted great insights on ways in which Indian schools abroad can integrate global best practices to cater to the needs of our students and teachers, especially among the 2.50 lakh Indian students in the UAE.

In response to the longstanding demand from these schools, CBSE India has decided to open a regional office in Dubai for improved administration and the benefit of the Indian diaspora, he said.

Shri Pradhan emphasized the role of the academic community and the Indian diaspora as permanent ambassadors of Indian culture, values, and knowledge systems, fostering deeper friendships through education.

In a separate meeting with EFS Facilities Services Group, Shri Pradhan welcomed Mr. Tariq Chauhan’s plans to partner with India in strengthening the skill ecosystem and facilitating international mobility of Indian workforce. The Minister appreciated EFS Group’s commitment to intensify institutional engagements and empower India’s talented youth.

Additionally, Shri Pradhan witnessed the signing of an MoU between EFS Facilities Services Group and NSDC for facilitating international mobility of India’s workforce with a specific focus on GCC countries.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Pradhan said that the MoU will pave the way for deepening engagements in the areas of curriculum development as well as developing joint skilling programmes and co-branded skilling institutions to up-skill workforce with industry-ready skills and make them future-ready for global opportunities, particularly in GCC countries.