Government to skill at least 1 Lakh North East youth to nurture as Entrepreneur, detailed roadmap called

Union Minister for Tourism, Culture & DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy and Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today co-chaired the 18th Annual General Body Meeting of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati. Namche Kipgen, Cabinet Minister, Government of Manipur, and Officials of Skill Ministry and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region attended the meeting.

The Ministers reviewed the working of the institute and discussed the way forward. A whole Government approach towards skill development in the North East Region was suggested during the meeting.

While addressing, Shri Pradhan said that North Eastern Region (NER) is a land of unlimited opportunities and creativity. The Minister has called for a detailed roadmap for skilling 1 lakh+ youth of the region in the next one year with a focus on emerging areas and nurturing them as entrepreneurs.

He suggested that the focus should be on futuristic skilling and that I must work in conjunction with several Ministries on the ground. He also said that the Institute must enter into an understanding with leading Centres of excellence like IITs and IIMs and provide degree courses for students in cutting-edge courses like data analytics etc.

He further said IIE is working towards entrepreneurship development and capacity building with a focus on the NER. “This will broaden their employment opportunities and strengthen the Institute as well,” Shri Pradhan added.

Union Minister for DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy said that I must work in closer coordination with the Ministry of DoNER and its agencies, NERAMAC and NEHHDC. “Skill development is a priority and projects can be supported under the PM-DevINE scheme,” Shri Reddy added. He also said that certain key areas such as hospitality, nursing, private security, and agriculture may be considered key areas of operation for the IIE.

Shri Pradhan further added that making skilling aspirational and futuristic and leveraging entrepreneurship as a vehicle of socio-economic change can usher in a new era of development in the northeastern region.