State of Rajasthan (SoR) and Wadhwani Operating Foundation have announced a strategic partnership which aims at making Rajasthan a Smart State through Job Creation and Talent Development. Dr. Ajay Kela, President, and CEO, Wadhwani Operating Foundation exchanged the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shri Rajat Kumar Mishra, Secretary, Department of Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship in the presence of Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje. This initiative would also support the Make in India, Startup India, Skill India, Digital India and other Initiatives of Government of India.
Focus areas of this collaboration include making Entrepreneurship Education ubiquitous in Rajasthan colleges, developing city based Startup and SME ecosystems, establishing a Startup and Small Business Innovation (SSBI) initiative to fund innovation challenge grants, vocationlization of high schools, transformation of ITIs to Modern Manufacturing Training Hubs and Multi-Skill Institutes and employer engagement for education, internship and apprenticeship. These will be supported by Central Core Technology Platform to achieve the desired quality and scale.
Expressing optimism on signing of this MoU, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje said, “Development of entrepreneurship in the State with international standard models, is one of the Government’s priorities. I hope that Wadhwani Operating Foundation and like-minded organizations will spur entrepreneurship development in each and every district of the State and the Government will fully support this.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kela, President & CEO, Wadhwani Operating Foundation said “Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kela, President & CEO, Wadhwani Operating Foundation said “Rajasthan’s Smart State initiative will focus on job creation and job fulfillment through building and supporting the full life-cycle of the entrepreneurship, Skills and innovation ecosystems. The strategy is to build city-based ecosystems that include upgraded skills training through transformation of ITIs, entrepreneurship education in colleges, local mentor and investor networks and policy framework to support growth Start-ups and growth SME’s. I hope that this collaboration between Rajasthan Government and Wadhwani Operating Foundation will spur high-quality job creation in the State.”