New Delhi, November 22: Skill India developments experts from across India and Europe joined hands on Monday and discussed to come up with opportunities in providing skill training to Indian youth at the two-day India International Skill Development Summit and Exhibition. This initiative aims in boosting Prime Ministers Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India’ mission where skill development institutions and training companies discussed about the potential areas of collaboration and challenges faced by the companies.
Count Christopher de Breza, Chairman of Europe India Foundation for Excellence (EIFE), said that some key sectors have been identified for collaboration combining both very basic and very advanced industries and sectors of economy, all of which are focus areas of India. The sectors include manufacturing, food processing, infrastructure development, urbanization, transportation, hospitality, healthcare etc.
"The intention of the summit is to build a platform where various stakeholders in the world of skill development from the European Union and India can come together to identify potential areas of collaboration and then immediately get to working together," de Breza said.
Uttar Pradesh Vocational Education and Skill Development Mission Minister Abhishek Mishra said that UP started its skill development mission two years before Modi came to power and had received many awards as being one of the best-run skill development missions in the country. "Community college model of the US is something UP government had been trying to bring here as it paves the path for youth to acquire technical skills to climb hierarchical and social ladder," he said.
Odisha Law and Panchayati Raj Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo focused on the need of skill development in rural areas."We need to create skills which can be used by people in their villages so they don't need to run to the cities," he said.
European countries including France and Germany which have over 80 per cent skilled workforce also participated in the event."India and Germany are deepening their collaboration in the area of skill development. German technical assistance will be used to encourage industry-institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations," said Wolfgang Hildebrand-Peters, Head Trainer of Germany's GSI-SLV, one of the leading welding specialists in the world.
Chetan Rajdev from Germany's Rexforth Bosch Group called for partnership between Indian industry and Indian Universities to bridge the gap between the two.