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Skill development not just a moral obligation, Also an economic pre-requisite: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Skill development is not just a moral obligation, but also an indispensable economic pre-requisite and skilling youth leads to human transformation, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Odisha Skill Conclave 2023 held here today.

Stressing on the demands of current times, Naveen said in order to succeed in the 21st century, the young generation needs to be equipped with skills. “I welcome you all to the Odisha Skill Conclave 2023. This is a time when our country is undergoing a significant transformation. Rapid technological advancements and changing job markets have made it imperative for us to invest in our human capital,” he said, further sharing that the Odisha government h as kept a budgetary provision of Rs.100 Crore for this year for new scheme ‘NUA Odisha’ to train one lakh youth in future technologies like Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality- Virtual Reality, Data Science, 3-D printing and other futuristic knowledge.

“Industry 4.0, and the Future of Work and Skills are the buzzwords in the skilling industry right now. To achieve this, we need a collaborative effort between the central ministries, state government departments, industry, academia, and civil societies and must work together to develop policies and programs that not only promote skills development but also ensure that those skills are recognized and valued in the job market,” Naveen stated. Reiterating the government’s commitment to this cause, he said many initiatives have been launched such as transforming the lives of the 70 Lakh of Women Mission Shakti members through supporting them in becoming Small Medium Enterprises, promoting startups and nano-unicorns.

Stating that the goals cannot be achieved without active participation of the private sector, the CM urged the industry to come forward and partner in this endeavour. “During various platforms and consultations, employers have now started recognizing the skill talents of Odisha.Now time has come, when people are asking “Are you Skilled or Are you Skilled-in-Odisha”. The brand Skilled-in-Odisha is now ready to shine across the Globe,” he said while expressing gratitude to all the participants for their valuable contributions and ideas at the event.

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