Skilling the Youth seminar held

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 13, 2018: A one-day seminar on “Skilling the Youth in the Wake of India’s Act East Policy, from North-East Perspective” was held at Manipur state Assembly auditorium here.

The seminar was organized by Integrated Talent Development Mission (ITDM) ‘Blooming North-East’ with an objective to identify the potential and develop the skill of the youths of the state.

Manipur governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said no subject as such in the seminar could be more appropriate for the discourse as the state and the region are poised on the threshold of an exciting phase of economic activities under the Act East Policy.

India is heading towards becoming the World’s fastest growing economy with 7.7 percent by 2019-20. To leverage it further, India is expected to become the youngest country by 2020 with 64% of its population in the working age group, she added.

The governor said India government has ambitious plans to transform India into a competitive, high-growth, high productivity middle-income country by using this young workforce. These ambitious plans are highly dependent on the availability of jobs and the quality of the labour force. This has resulted in an increased demand for skilled labour over the past few years. The government’s skill gap analysis concludes that by 2022, another 109 million or so skilled workers will be needed in the 24 keys sectors of the economy as against only 2.3 percent of India’s workforce having received some formal skill training at present. To address the issue and bridge the gap, skill development has emerged as a priority sector, she added.

The North-East region has the prospects to grow into India’s economic power-house considering its lively source of energy, oil, natural gas, coal and limestone, besides being gifted with its prime perennial water system of rivers and their tributaries. The region’s boundless tourism prospects, typical performing arts and varied cuisine and handicrafts gives it the perfect position for its development as a centre for dealing in trade and commerce with India’s eastern neighbours while augmenting scope of entrepreneurship, said the governor.

Growth of the North-East region will not only enhance the Indian economy but also will cultivate two-sided assimilation amongst the East and South East Asian neighbours. An important factor which will add a great fillip to India’s ‘Act East Policy’ is skill development, she added.

The governor said North-East region expects a massive boost in trade and commerce under the Policy, which will make North-East India the next big economic corridor connecting India to ASEAN countries and China. In the light of this development, North-East States need to develop an ambitious yet meaningful Skill Development and employment plan for its youth.
North-East region urgently needs to take up initiatives for skill training in all fields.

She added that she had initiated the Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen for promotion of the traditional art and crafts of Manipur as well as economic upliftment of our traditional artisans and craftsmen.

Dr. Swaran Anil, Patron, ITDM, said, the mission is involved with the youths and to enhance their skills with the coming of the Act East Policy. She said with skill development, traditional culture should also be taken into account as the culture of the State is quite rich.

Kongkham Robindro Singh, Manipur deputy Speaker said the youths should take the opportunity of the seminar and try to help in the development of the region. North East region is the gateway of trade and commerce with the neighbouring countries which requires skilled workforce. Even though we have many manpower there is lack of skills amongst the youths, he added.

In the technical session moderated by professor Ch. Priyoranjan Singh, department of Economics, Manipur University, professor Ch. Ibohal Meitei, director, Manipur Institute of Management Studies, Dr. N. Ranjana Devi, director, Institute of Co-operative Management, Manipur and L. Niranjan Singh, MD and CEO, JCRE Skill Solutions, Imphal deliberated their lectures focusing on the importance of Skill Development in Northeast States for a successful Act East Policy of India.

Scholars, Researchers, Students of Manipur University and representatives of Integrated Talent Development Mission ‘Blooming North-East’ took part in the seminar.

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