Our 4th annual summit on “Transforming India – Breaking Barriers in Skill Development” at Pune recently, saw a host of eminent speakers share their experiences along with innovative thoughts and ideas.
Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, President of Global Research Alliance, kick-started the deliberations by stating that, the CSR framework needs to be co-operative and consultative.He said
“Scale, Spread and Sustainability are important issues, and while financial resources are important, being resourceful is more important.”
Mr. Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd., spoke about the national manufacturing policy, comparing the performance of India with that of the US. He stressed that
“It was imperative for the skill development plans to be executed well in order to make India a powerhouse in the manufacturing sector.”
Kishor Kher, President and Trustee, Yuva Parivartan, shared the vision of Yuva Parivartan and its focus on skilling school dropouts. He outlined the innovative initiatives such as Yuva Parivartan Virtual Academy and Yuva Parivartan Livelihood Exchange that will help Yuva Parivartan to scale up to train 1 million youth per year by 2016. Yuva Parivartan has successfully developed various sustainability models to reach out to the unskilled youth and train them. He emphasized the need for NGOs to come together in order to reach out to 500 million unskilled youth in India.
Mrs Meeran Borwankar, IPS ADG Prisons, lauded Yuva Parivartan for its long term and sustained approach towards rehabilitation in different prisons of Maharashtra. She emphasised the need for many more credible NGOs like Yuva Parivartan to partner with the prison authorities to strategically work for the correction and rehabilitation of prison inmates.
In her valedictory address, renowned social worker and Rajya Sabha member, Ms. Anu Aga pointed out the need for an urgent collaborative approach to teach and skill the Indian youth.
The summit ended on an optimistic note with speakers in the valedictory session agreeing that India can be a progressive and developed country only when we start treating our 500 million youth as 500 million minds… and not just 500 million mouths to feed.
Over the coming months,The YP team will brainstorm and evaluate all the interesting ideas shared and discussed at the summit and initiate relevant actions , in its journey of skilling a million youth by 2016.