At the event, the Minister of State (I/C) Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that strategic partnerships with organisations that express deep interest to promote entrepreneurship and encourage skill development initiatives in India is a big step towards scaling skilling initiatives in India. He stated this cooperation has given us enough strength and support to carry forward the initiatives in this sector. The creation of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is a dream project of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, envisaging to bring under one umbrella skill development programmes currently spread across various Ministries and Departments. The outcome is to create more jobs such that people who are skilled and trained get employed and the demand of the demographic dividend of the country is satiated.
Present at the event, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship stated that the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) of the foundation has created a strong network through 600 colleges, 4000 mentors and 3000 faculty members that continue to create and support emerging young entrepreneurs. The entire ecosystem of skilling is intricate and involves not just skilling but also re-skilling, up-skilling and multi-skilling. These are the real islands of excellence and need to be scaled up throughout the country.
Present at the event Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Founder and Chairman Wadhwani Foundation said Wadhwani Foundation is committed to help Government of India in its efforts on skilling and entrepreneurship leading to meaningful employment to millions of young Indians. The Foundation is leveraging its existing successful Initiatives, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) and Skill Development Network (SDN) to massively scale entrepreneurship and skill development in India through online multimedia technologies and government, academia and industry partnerships. He mentioned that this partnership that has a goal of creating and filling 25 million organised sector jobs by 2020 will go a long way in meeting our joint objective of combining job growth with economic growth.