Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Digital Skills Conclave on Wednesday and exhorted the youth to skill, reskill and upskill in order to remain relevant in the rapidly changing business environment and market conditions. Congratulating the youth on World Youth Skills Day and fifth anniversary of ‘Skill India’ mission, he stated that the world belongs to them due to their ability to acquire new skills all the time.
PM Modi said that the Skill India Mission — launched five years back — has led to creation of a vast infrastructure for skilling, reskilling and upskilling and enhancing opportunities to access employment both locally and globally.
It has led to hundreds of Kaushal Kendras being set up across the country and increase in the capacity of the ITI ecosystem. Due to these concerted efforts, more than five crore youth have been skilled in the last five years, he added.
Referring to the portal launched recently for mapping the skilled employees and employers, the Prime Minister mentioned that it would help the skilled workers, including the migrant workers who have returned to their homes, to access jobs easily and the employers to contact skilled employees at the click of a mouse.
He further highlighted the potential to capitalise on the skilling opportunities available in the country. For instance, he cited the example of healthcare sector where Indian skilled manpower can supplement the global demand.
The World Youth Skills Day was held in the virtual mode this year amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.