Value Addition Of Human Resources Crucial For New India, Says Odisha Minister

New Delhi: Value addition is the need of the hour, but value addition of human resources is crucial for the growth of New India, said Pritiranjan Ghadei, Minister of State for Skill Development & Technical Education Department on Thursday.

Speaking at the curtain raiser event for the upcoming Odisha Skill Conclave 2023, held in Delhi, the minister said, “We are delighted to host the Odisha Skill Conclave in our state. The objective of the conclave is to encourage, motivate and build the confidence of the youth that will help them drive their careers and make a change for the larger interest of the country.”

Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority, said, “We are thankful to National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) that helped us showcase the immense potential of the skilled workforce from Odisha. The brand ‘Skilled in Odisha’ has been created with the intention of drawing national and international attention to the skilling ecosystem in Odisha.”

Usha Padhee, principal secretary, Skill Development & Technical Education department, said, “Odisha has proved to be a pioneer in skilling and has exhibited exceptional potential. The Odisha Skill Conclave is a unique opportunity to display the state’s achievements and showcasing the vast opportunities across sectors. There is a global demand for skilled workers and we are working towards building the workforce that can cater to the rising demand across sectors. Additionally, we are also enabling the youth of the state to meet their aspirations.”

Atul Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said, “Odisha is one of the most important states in the country with respect to skill development. The initiatives taken towards skilling and the emphasis on the same has been phenomenal. The G20 working group on education will be hosting the third meeting on ‘Future of Work’ which will be an important discussion for the state. Given the increasing focus on skilling across the world, the Odisha Skill Conclave will be an important milestone for more achievements and success from the state.”

Shailesh K Pathak, Secretary General, FICCI, said, “The economic potential of the cities in India will double by 2040 and so will the demand for skilled workers. With the focus on Mission Shakti initiative of the Centre, skilling for women will be essential in the coming years. This demographic turning point will play a pivotal role in achieving India’s growth journey.”

A video on the World Skills Centre, Odisha, was showcased during the event depicting the facilities of the centre that contribute to the high-end skill training including upskilling and entrepreneurship programmes.

The Odisha Skill Conclave 2023 will be held in Bhubaneswar from April 20 t0 22. The 3-day event will witness various upcoming MoUs, conferences, exhibitions, demonstration and cultural activities and offer a plethora of opportunities to the skilled workforce from the state.

The curtain raiser event was hosted by Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) and Skill Development & Technical Education Department, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as the Industry Partner.

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