Dehradun : Over 550 youngsters participated in a ‘Walk-a-Thon’ that was kicked off from Parade Ground in the heart of the city, in a bid to create awareness on the importance of skill-based knowledge and expertise.
The event was organized by Uttarakhand Skill Development Mission (UKSDM) and The Times of India (TOI) to observe World Youth Skills Day.
The Walk-a-Thon was flagged by Rajkumar, MLA Rajpur Road, and the project director, UKSDM, Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey. “We want youth from the state to take an interest in honing their skills and understand the importance of skill-based knowledge and expertise. This will surely play a major role in creating more employment opportunities for them. Our mission is to give them a platform to hone their skills,” said Pandey.
One of the participants Ambika Chauhan said, “I feel it is a great initiative by UKSDM and TOI. Spreading awareness will ensure more youngsters try to brush up their skills.”
The participants started from Parade Ground at 7:30 am and passed through Clock Tower and Lansdowne Chowk, eventually ending the journey at Parade Ground.
UKSDM director Pandey urged participants to motivate their peers to focus on skill-based education. Pandey also mentioned that a skill-based training program will help youth get jobs and secure their future by getting operational skill training in different sectors like- Telecom, IT, Tourism &Hospitality, Retail, Automotive, Beauty & Wellness, Electronics, Fashion designing, Food Processing, Garment making, Plumbing, Life Science.
A painting competition at the UKSDM premises saw participation from 65 students from various schools and ITIs. The best 12 paintings will be part of the annual calendar of Uttarakhand Skill Development Mission.
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