The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called for mandatory inclusion of skilling initiatives at the school level saying “schooling and skilling must go together”.
Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated the Residential Skilling Center of Deshpande Foundation in Hubbali. While addressing the gathering, he said that not enough attention was paid in the past to skilling in the education system and called for revisiting the education policy to make it compulsory for imparting skills to school students. He stressed that there is a need to introduce vocational education in the curriculum to create an ecosystem that produces skilled manpower.
The Honorable Vice President said that the New Education Policy must address both skilling and scaling and added that it was the duty of the Government of India and all the States to ensure that school students are imparted skills in all spheres.
The Vice President also wanted to augment the skills relevant to the needs of rural India and agriculture as part of the initiatives to make agriculture viable and profitable. He also stressed the need for promoting rainwater harvesting in a big way.
Observing that agriculture needed a multi-pronged approach from providing infrastructure to ensuring access to the market for agricultural commodities, the Vice President asserted that freebies and loan waivers were not going solve the problems faced by farmers and permanent solutions were needed.
Expressing his confidence that the Indian economy would bounce back if the reforms were continued at the same pace, Shri Naidu appealed to the industry and the corporate sector to join hands with the Universities and academic institutions for strengthening R & D and preparing youngsters to adapt to 21st-century requirements.
Calling for creating an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive, Shri Naidu also urged the youth to make good use of initiatives like Skill India and acquire knowledge and skills relating to new technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Describing India as a very diverse country in terms of geography, language, religion, and income, the Vice President stressed the need for inclusive and equitable growth. “It was imperative that all sections of the society are benefited by the skill development programmes”, he added.
Shri Naidu said that with 65% of our population below 35 years of age, India was a young nation and has the unique opportunity to serve as a global human resource hub. This vast human resource pool would drive the expansion of the knowledge-based economy, he added.
The Vice President appreciated institutions such as the Deshpande Foundation for imparting skills for the rural youth and appealed to the private sector and philanthropists to accord priority to skill training.
News Source: Press Information Bureau
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