Strengthen the digital skills framework to meet industry demands, create a strong link between industry and skills: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the digital skills framework needed to be strengthened to meet industry demands and create a strong link between industry and skills. “It is imperative to prepare for the country’s ‘demographic dividend’ in line with the demands of changing professional roles,” the Prime Minister said during a post-budget webinar held today.

During the webinar, in order to encourage participation in the skills ecosystem by fostering digital skills, a session was organized on the theme – Towards the promotion of a strong link between industry and skills by the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) with the participation of the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Ministry of Tourism. The discussion was part of a series of seminars inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. He addressed the first session on the theme — Digital University: Making World-Class Higher Education Accessible to All. The webinar brought together government officials, industry experts and representatives from key associations.

In his address, the Prime Minister spoke of the five priority areas – universalization of quality education, skills development, integration of India’s ancient experience and knowledge in urban planning and design in education, internationalization and emphasis on animation, visual effects, games and comics (AVGC). The Prime Minister further stated that the DESH Stack (Digital Ecosystem for Skills and Livelihoods) e-portal aims to bring together academic and industry demands and links, improve job prospects and enable the startup ecosystem. .

The webinar led by MSDE was co-chaired by Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary of MSDE, Anurag Jain, Secretary of DPIIT and G. Kamala Vardhna Rao, Director General of Ministry of Tourism. Panelists for the session were NS Kalsi, Chairman of the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET); Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Manish Sabharwal, Vice President, Teamlease Services. The session was moderated by Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Rajesh Aggarwal, MSDE Secretary, shared his thoughts on the latest initiatives announced in Budget 2022 and expressed his views on how partnerships can be refocused with current industry demands.

He said: “In the current environment, from agriculture to the service sector, the dynamics have completely changed. While basic human needs remain the same, there is a rapid change in the patterns of production, distribution and consumption.Therefore, it is pertinent that we promote soft skills, imbibe the culture of learning and focus on versatility as these initiatives will empower our youth and promote nation building. In addition, DESH will remove the loss of information between stakeholders and resolve existing asymmetries.It is also essential that academia and industry work hand in hand, as the pandemic has taught us that existing skills can disappear from the overnight and that new roles can evolve quickly, therefore a culture of skills should be developed that reinforces skills. capabilities of our workforce and prepares them for the world of work.” During the session, Anurag Jain, Secretary of DPIIT, said, “In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched Prime Minister Gati Shakti’s National Master Plan for Multimodal Connectivity. The initiative is a GIS-based spatial planning and analysis tool with 200+ layers, allowing better visibility to the implementing agency. Under this, each department will now have visibility into each other’s activities providing critical data, resulting in more comprehensive project planning and execution. Data exchange between all mode operators will also be brought to the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP), designed for Application Programming Interface (API), improving international competitiveness. sustainable development driven by seven drivers – roads, railways, airports, ports, public transport, waterways and logistics infrastructure.”

He further highlighted the need for a dynamic skills environment, exposure to industry requirements (requalification, upskilling) and alignment of the NSQF with industry needs. G. Kamala Vardhna Rao, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism expressed his views during the seminar and said: was one of the most affected sectors during the pandemic, but today it is experiencing new opportunities under the form of wellness, adventure and medical tourism, homestays and more. This data underscores the importance of the workforce in the industry and highlights the need to continuously engage with other industries while imparting new skills to the workforce. Additionally, Drone Shakti will open new avenues for Indian youth as far as digital empowerment and digital technology for modern generation are concerned. In addition, Gati Shakti will give us the opportunity to place qualified labor.

Making his remarks, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship shared, “We need to build on what we have achieved in skills over the past five years. under Skill India must be integrated with education, ensuring that students can easily access the skills ecosystem Better employment and entrepreneurship outcomes must be the by-product of our skills initiatives in synergy with the dynamic demands of rapidly changing industries – local and global.We should be able to strengthen the skills development framework with the launch of the DESH Stack electronic portal, ensuring that India becomes a leader in world-class technology.” During the session, broader aspects of building the ecosystem of skills in improving digital skills were discussed. Panelists shared their views on recent announcements made by our Minister of Finance in Budget 2022, including deliberations on the DESH stack electronic portal which aims to empower citizens to upskill, retrain or improve through digital training.

In addition, the session covered aspects of the successful implementation of the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aimed at meeting dynamic industry needs, expanding emerging technologies and training through of the Drone Shakti program, helping to increase domestic manufacturing and create employment capacity. Aspects related to the PM Gati Shakti program were also discussed as well as discussions on emerging sectors, tourism and logistics. Panelists shared their views on multiple initiatives, elaborated on creating better synergies between the skills ecosystem and industry, and expressed their thoughts on how India can move towards a future of technology-fueled growth through digital skills. In this regard, NS Kalsi, Chairman of the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET), said: “The pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in our daily lives. Unprecedented disruptions that the industry and business have taught us the mantra of digital first.In addition, the NCVET works closely with industry to identify the skills and competencies required, including future skills to guide skills development and the training of skills for the existing and entry-level workforce.

Manish Sabharwal, Vice President of Teamlease Services, said: “As we transition to a technology-driven future, we are slowly realizing that it is not only possible to separate employment, employability and education, but that there is also a need to innovate at the intersection of To strengthen the skills ecosystem, we need to break down traditional barriers and be open to learning while earning, learning with flexible delivery and aligning it with the modularity of qualifications.” Amber Dubey, joint secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, predicts that Drone Shakti will be a game-changer in India’s economic and social progress, drones will experience a similar expansion to that of Indian mobile users.

Ved Mani Tiwari, COO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) summarized the session and said, “This session has demonstrated a clear cohesion between ministries and departments showing their zeal to collaborate and work together. The discussion and the suggestions of today’s session are indeed a true reflection of Prime Minister Modi’s vision of Sabka Prayaas, Sabka Vikas A detailed report incorporating all the suggestions shared by speakers today will be sent to the PMO on February 24, 2022.” (ANI)

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