10-MAR-2018: Dept of Economics starts national seminar on ?Role of Skill India in Promoting Self Employment: Prospects and Challenges?
Aligarh, March 10: "Job creation is a must for the eradication of poverty and it is the foremost challenge facing India?, said Professor Devendra Pathak, Vice Chancellor, Sanskrit University Mathura, while inaugurating a two-day seminar on ?Role of Skill India in Promoting Self Employment: Prospects and Challenges?, organised by the Department of Economics, in collaboration with Indian Economic Association, here today.
He said it is imperative to take initiatives and institute policy measures for fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Prof Pathak pointed out that with a significant and unique demographic advantage, India has immense potential to innovate and raising entrepreneurs.
He highlighted the importance of fostering social entrepreneurship and grassroots innovations; educating and equipping potential and early stage entrepreneurs across India; connecting entrepreneurs to peers, mentors and incubators and supporting entrepreneurs.
Guest-of-honour, Dr Naveen Kumar (Department of Computer Science, University of Delhi) said that the ?Skill India? campaign aims to train over 40 crore people in different skills by 2022, but it is also important to analyse whether the process of knowledge generation is taking place or not ?
He added that self-employment has been a way of creating a larger space in job markets to promote work opportunities, but we need to see if it is done without giving much thought to the nature and kind of self-employment opportunities that are being created. ?If done properly and with the right market conditions, self-employment is a great option to bridge the gap that often arises in government efforts to create quality employment opportunities,? said Dr Kumar.
Presiding over the function, Prof Akbar Husain (Convener of the seminar) said that the emphasis of the ?Skill India? campaign initiated by the government is to skill the youth in a way that they get employment and also improve entrepreneurship.
He added that the training programmes should be on the lines of international level so that the youths of our country not only meet the domestic demands but also the world standards. ?New job oriented courses in the universities should be introduced,? said Prof Husain adding that India has the potential in its youth and students should be mentored to realise their abilities.
Welcoming the guests, Prof Syed Noman Ahmad (Chairperson, Department of Economics) said that the seminar will identify how unique ideas of skills and productivity at various levels can be enhanced through the platform of ?Skill India?.
Giving introduction of the seminar, Dr Jamil Ahmad (Department of Economics) said that the seminar will focus on role of ?Skill India? in promoting self-employment, skill empowerment through job creation, role of ?Skill India National Skill Development Mission?, national polices for ?Skill India?, entrepreneurships, start-ups and role of banks in financing entrepreneurship.
Prof Izhar Ahmad proposed the vote of thanks.
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Related PicturesProf Akbar Husain with guests during the international seminar