It was a rare sight, 500 youth-newly trained or being trained in Jharkhand, with stars in their eyes, full of hope, confidence and exuberance being felicitated on the occasion of ‘World Youth Skill Day’ of the UN. Alongwith Mr. Pravin Toppo IAS, MD/CEO of JSDM, Mr. Ajay Singh, IAS Secretary Higher & Technical Education, SKG Rahate IAS, Pr. Secretary Labour & Employment and the Vice-Chancellor, Ranchi University Mr. R. K. Pandey – who also provided the beautiful RU Aryabhatt Auditorium, I had a great time with all.

It was an opportunity as the Chief Guest & Keynote Speaker to talk to the prominent stakeholders, particularly the training providers, educationists and the youth about what are we thinking of the ‘skilling India’ today, 7 years from the time when the NSDC was launched. In Jharkhand, out of 1.10 crore youth in 18-35 age group, the 5 year target to train 20 lakh is not so low considering the 40 crore target for the country by 2022. If the past is any indication, it is a tall order.

I spoke about 3 major disconnects (unlike China) between Skills & Education, between Education and Industry & Employment and between Community (3.5 million NGOs) and Skilling-Education & Employers. The Government (MSDE) etc. have to be more tough to the industry & to employers and also make ‘million bridges’ with the people at large.