The Merchant Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) organised a seminar titled ‘Way Forward to ‘Skill Bengal’: Reforms, Challenges & Imperatives’. Purnendu Basu, Minister-in-Charge, Department of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development, Government of West Bengal, Dr. Surjya Kanta Pal, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, Professor in Charge, DHI Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, and Swami Dhyeyananda, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha, Belgharia, were present at this event. Students from Ramakrishna Mission Shilpanmandira, Belur, Ramakrishna Mission Industrial Training Centre, Narendrapur and Don Bosco Technical Institute, Park Circus showed their innovative ideas through presentations and also displayed their creative projects.
MCCI organised this seminar to sensitise people regarding government-initiated skill-development programmes. Vishal Jhajharia, President, MCCI stated, “India is still seen as a hugely ‘unskilled’ country with little over 2% of its total workforce having gone through some kind of formal skill training, which is much lower compared to 68% in the UK and 52% in the US. So several schemes have been launched in India including Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), Skill Loan Scheme, Rural India Skill, Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) etc. which are designed to transform the skilling landscape for the country and minimise the gap between employment and employability.”
Purnendu Basu, Minister in Charge, Department of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development, Government of West Bengal reiterated the importance and aim of the ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ project that is designed to skill the unemployed youth of West Bengal. The project aims to ensure large scale skill-development for the youth. Swami Dhyeyananda focused on how Ramakrishna Mission’s skill-based training programmes are making the youth employment ready.