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Skill Summit On 20 APR

Bhubaneswar: In order to encourage and build the confidence among the youths, the State Government is going to host a three-day Odisha Skill Conclave 2023 here from April 20, 2023.

“Value addition is the need of the hour for India, but value addition of human resources is crucial for the growth of New India,” said Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Pritiranjan Gharai at the curtain raiser event for the upcoming Odisha Skill Conclave 2023, held in Delhi yesterday.

“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,” he said.

In his address, Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subroto Bagchi said, “We are thankful to National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) that helped us to 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.”

After the state witnessed success at the World Skill Competition, we are looking forward to expanding and strengthening the position of the state on a global pedestal, Bagchi.

Skill Development & Technical Education Principal Secretary Usha Padhee said Odisha has proved to be a pioneer in skilling and has exhibited exceptional potential.

The Odisha Skill Conclave is an unique opportunity to display the State’s achievements and showcasing the vast opportunities across sectors, she said.

“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,” the Principal Secretary added.

Contributing his thoughts, , Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Atul Tiwari, 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, Tiwari said.

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, he stated.

A video on the World Skills Centre, Odisha, was showcased during the event to the audience which depicted the facilities of the centre that contribute to the high-end skill training including upskilling and entrepreneurship programmes, among various other opportunities.

The overarching goal of the event will be to develop and enhance the State’s human resource potential and creating opportunities by offering high-quality, reasonably priced, and easily accessible technical and vocational education and skill development training to all societal groups.

This will help the State benefit from its demographic dividends by fostering transformative human development among its youth and establishing ‘Skilled-in-Odisha’ as a household name on a global scale.

The three-day event will witness various upcoming MoUs, conferences, exhibitions, demonstration, and cultural activities and will 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, Government of Odisha along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as the Industry Partner.