The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi visiting a Skill Exhibition, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on December 19, 2016.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi visiting a Skill Exhibition, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on December 19, 2016.

In the absence of the right education and employment for them, the young people of India are like time bombs which will explode to bring disaster for the country. Rakesh Raman

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi laid Monday the foundation stone of the first ever “Indian Institute of Skills” in the country at Kanpur.

This is in line with the vision of making India the Skill Capital of the world by empowering its youth to be more employable and self-sustainable.

The Institute was conceptualized by the Prime Minister during his visit to Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education.

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, headed by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, in partnership with the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore decided to open an institute first ever of its kind in the country. The Ministry has decided to have six such institutes all across the country.

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The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said recently that our young workforce will be an asset if they have jobs. But, if the country is unable to provide jobs, there will be unrest, and frustration, Mukherjee warned.

Mukherjee was addressing the Annual Day Celebrations of CII Chhindwara Skill Training Center at Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday (December 14).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said India with the second largest population in the world will face a major challenge in the coming years. Half of its population will be below 25 years of age.

The President said to get jobs, paper qualifications alone will not suffice. Skills are essential. Our universities and colleges produce a large number of graduates every year but most of them are unemployable. Our youth need jobs. On the other hand, our industry has problems finding adequate skilled manpower.

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The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Kaushal Pradarshini (Skill Exhibition) for the youth of Uttar Pradesh.

The Exhibition showcases state-of-the-art vocational training practices across different sectors, and will remain open for public view at the Railway Grounds, Kanpur between 19th to 22nd December.

Modi launched an array of skill development initiatives for the youth of the country, including Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) and Drivers’ Training Institutes.

There was also strategic partnership with various industries that will train and employ approximate 400,000 youth over the next 3 years.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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