New Delhi, Jan 28: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday joined a distinguished panel comprising Guy Ryder, Alain Dehaze, MP Joteo, Zahidi and Rahul Kanwal and shared his perspective on ‘Skilling the Global Workforce’ at the Davos Agenda organised by the WEF.
Pradhan spoke about the wide canvas of workforce in the country, blending aspirations, knowledge, skill and employability of the country’s workforce to prepare them for the shifting jobs landscape and the ever-evolving future of work.
He also shared India’s efforts to improve the future-readiness of its youth, including structural changes in the form of New Education Policy which gives more emphasis to skill development and in preparing students to deal with new emerging realities.
“Skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling is everybody’s responsibility. I stressed on the need for a collaborative approach between governments, industry, business leaders and individuals in redefining and reshaping skill sets to thrive in the post-pandemic era,” tweeted Pradhan.
The Union Minister also highlighted the important role played by MSDE Skill India in mobilising public momentum for a skilled India.
“It is the outcome of Skill India initiative that today the server, planning & intellectual support of a driverless car company in California is backed by a workforce from the peri-urban parts of eastern india, from a city like Bhubaneswar,” he noted at the summit.
He added, “The pandemic has given us enormous opportunities to relook how we channelize the aspirations, skill, knowledge & employability of our aspirational society. IoT, digitalisation and penetration of internet have facilitated new skilling opportunities for new and existing workforce.”
The Modi Government is leveraging the opportunities on both policy as well as implementation level to cope up with the expectations of the global changing scenario and gearing up the reskilling and upskilling ecosystem to facilitate the creation of a vibrant and productive workforce, he asserted.
“India is focused on supporting workers’ education, knowledge, skills and employability,” said the Minister.