Mumbai: Recognizing India’s contribution to the development of Australia in the form of skilled work force, the Down Under is keen to strengthen its ties with the subcontinent.
Reiterated Prime Minister Modi’s vision on Skill Development, Australian Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane lauded the Indian government for the focus on Skill Development with formation of the new ministry and the announcement of Pratap Rudy as the Minister for Skill Development.
“This reiterates the Indian Government’s commitment. India has close links with Australia and a large Indian skilled work force is already contributing to Australia’s growth,” he said.
He also added that Australia had an evolved skill eco-system and was recognized worldwide. “With the 100 member Australian Skill delegation, who have come to India, it is a great opportunity for both the countries to collaborate and create a sustainable partnerships on skills at CII 6th Global Summit on Skills Development with Australia as the Partner country,” he said.
He was speaking at the 6th Global Summit on Skills Development with Australia as the Partner country in Mumbai.
With the new government’s focus on skill development leading to employment generation, Adi Godrej, former CII President and Chairman Godrej group, said, “It is an opportune time for discussing requirements and reform.” He said that the globe is looking to India to capture the business opportunities being presented and it is the Demographic Dividend that will work in India’s favour.
Pamod Bhasin, Chairman- National Committee on Skills Development and Founder and Vice Chairman - Genpact India and Chairman Skills Academy, mentioned that with CII being the largest industry body, has been playing a very critical part in the skill development landscape. He pointed out the importance of Technology as the enabler for the realization of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’.
Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation laid out the new Skills structure where the National Skills Development Corporation and National Skills Development Agency will now fall under the ambit of the new Skills Ministry.
More than 400 delegates attended the Summit which had speakers from Germany, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, etc who spoke on key aspects of Skills Development, covering the role Industry in Skill Development, Technology as enabler for ‘Make in India’, the potential of Trainers as the Value Creators.