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7th Global Skills Summit “India’s Skill Ecosystem: from Design to Action”
7th Global Skills Summit “India’s Skill Ecosystem: from Design to Action” New Delhi, India 4-6 September, 2014
ILO and UNESCO supported, as the Institutional Partners, the 7th Global Skills Summit focused on “India’s Skill Ecosystem: from Design to Action” The Global Skills Summit initiated by FICCI brought together a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders to discuss and appraise new trends and technologies in skill development.
At the Global Skills Summit, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon-ble Minister of State (I/C) Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs, and Sport, Government of India, delivered the inaugural address, which highlighted the importance of skill development as a vehicle for social transformation in the nation. The address presented the government’s efforts improving skills development, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable groups.
The importance of skills development was echoed in the presentation of Ms. Tine Staermose, Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India that emphasized the urgent need to train the vocational trainers in India. She illuminated that quality vocational trainers has the capacity to understand the work force in order to train students the skills for the industry.
Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director, UNDP India, reiterated further the importance of training students on skills that meet industry standards. He highlighted that training programmes must be designed ensuring that the skills learned are applicable in the fast paced and ever-changing needs of the industry.
The Global Skills Summit discussed the importance of youth and industry surrounding skill development. This was addressed in several speeches, among them Mr. JP Rai, Director General, National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), Government of India, called the industry to draw the attention of youth to skill development.
The significance of youth and education was discussed at length by Mr. Alisher Umarov, Chief of Education, UNESCO New Delhi, who spoke at the session on the importance of enhancing the image and attractiveness of Technical Vocational Training and Education (TVET) and the recent work done by UNESCO in this area.
The Global Skills Summit also played a critical role in discussing resources to foster global citizenship, which is salient in UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and is the leitmotif for the UN India Task Team (UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, UNFPA, and UNDP) Joint Activities in September 2014.