Session held on Building Workforces for Future: Development of Skills for Industry 4.0

Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, attended the inaugural session on Building Workforces for Future: Development of Skills for Industry 4.0 at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024, held at Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Prominent industry leaders, entrepreneurs, officials of Gujarat Government, and other dignitaries were also present at the session.

While speaking at the event, Shri Pradhan mentioned that the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 is the perfect platform for reflecting on the developmental journey of the country to set national priorities. Paying reverence to Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Shri Pradhan expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for enhancing the country’s standing at the Global High Table.

He mentioned that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the Gujarat model of development has become a guide for states’ skilling efforts to realize the vision of Viksit Bharat @2047. He added that the NEP-led synergies in the education and skill ecosystem will make the Yuva Shakti of the country future-ready.

Shri Pradhan emphasized how the Demography, Demand and Decisive Government have become the factors of the India moment. He also said that the start-up and innovation culture of India has made the country a hub of knowledge and skills.

The Minister also talked about enhancing proficiency, productivity, skill and competency of the vast demography. Shri Pradhan highlighted how India is firmly positioned to make use of Industry 4.0, which is sweeping the world of industry and innovation.

The Minister also mentioned that when the world’s population is rapidly ageing, India is empowered by its youth. He also stressed that experts have suggested that in the next 25-30 years, the country will lead in terms of the working-age population. For realizing the goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047, everyone has to contribute, especially the youth, Shri Pradhan added.

He emphasized the importance of Gujarat and its development-oriented, inclusive and participative model. The biggest strength of the ‘Gujarat Model’ is ‘Women-led development’, he added.

Shri Pradhan commended the State’s effort in driving the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020. He mentioned how the government, in line with the NEP, is diligently working on fostering greater synergy between education and skills. Today, the world looks towards India to provide low-cost, quality, sustainable, and scalable solutions to global challenges, Shri Pradhan said.