“Today the world focuses on trade in goods but in future the core issue will be how to get skilled people. We need to work this direction” Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, July 2014
Skills Development is one of the top most priorities of the Government in India and rightly so, considering the fact that India has highest youth population of which is unskilled and unemployed. The government is therefore committed to skill 500 million people by 2022 for the availability of skilled workforce for the industry and services sectors to accelerate economic growth and improve quality of products and services. The Hon’ble Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission will become fully successful only when quality skilled workforce is made available to the industry. Additionally, there is high demand of skilled manpower in various developed and developing countries abroad in diverse sectors particularly for the roles of Nurses, Teachers, Medical attendants etc.
The latest census 2011 data shows that around 41 percent of India's is below the age of 20 years. Every third person in an Indian city today is a youth. In about seven years, the median individual in India will be 29 years, very likely a city-dweller, making it the youngest country in the world. India is set to experience a dynamic transformation as the population burden of the past turns into a demographic dividend, but the benefits will be tempered with social and spatial inequalities. By 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group. Today, India is the most dynamic and youngest economy across the world. It is currently the most attractive destination for foreign investments and to cater the same we will need trained and educated, and niche workforce in diverse sectors.
While, overall, more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million adolescents who are out of school, denied the quality education they deserve and unable to acquire the skills they need. With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies. Those above keeping in our mind UGC set up the initiatives of DDU KAUSHAL Kendra in various universities to impart the skills among the youngest minds in India. A wide decade experience in the field of Career Development and Entrepreneurship in IECD, the Bharathidasan University highly motivated to expand their department in the area of skill development. As a Vice-Chancellor I am very happy to initiate to impart our youth towards improved skill development and through this improving employability.