Virtual global skill summit organised to facilitate overseas mobility of skilled workforce

Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal co-chair first skill summit to discuss methods, skills required for the youth to join the global workforce.

Virtual global skill summit organised to facilitate overseas mobility of skilled workforce Virtual Global Skill Summit. (Picture: Official Twitter)
Ishita Ranganath | Nov 15, 2022 - 10:53 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The first Virtual Global Skill Summit (VGSS) was organised today in New Delhi to facilitate overseas mobility of skilled workforce.

The summit was organised jointly by the ministries of education, external affairs, commerce and industry, skill development and entrepreneurship and the Indian ambassadors and high commission representing India Missions from ten nations.

Union minster of education, Dharmendra Pradhan and Union minister of commerce and industry, Piyush Goyal co-chaired the summit. The event was attended by various dignitaries from different ministries. The primary aim of the summit was to institutionalise a mechanism for exchange of information on skill requirements of countries and the skill availability in India.

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Aligning with prime minister Narendra Modi's vision, the government envisions India as a preferred global hub for trusted skilled and certified workforce, and to make it the skill capital of the world. This vision could be achieved by creating training infrastructure in destination countries, propelling international mobility, and strengthening ties with foreign countries in specific areas to boost job opportunities for the youth.

The summit emphasised on the skill harmonization and qualifications, quality standardization, capacity building, knowledge exchange to promote global mobility, and employability for the youth to join the global workforce.

India's young demographic has given it an advantage where almost 54% of India’s population is above 25 years old. This becomes a good opportunity to provide overseas employment opportunities to the Indian youth in countries facing shortage of workforce. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Germany are the countries that will demand for the most skilled workforce in the future.

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Addressing the Summit, Piyush Goyal said: " It is remarkable to see the whole of the government approach today and have all ministries and India Missions, come together on a single platform bringing in convergence through skill development and drive partnerships fostering global skill mobility." He also emphasised the in-depth sectorial and geographical mapping of available skills, related training infrastructure, stringent inspection processes, and language training.

"Serious negotiations need to be undertaken for dual degree and joint degree programs. This will facilitate opening of new opportunities for the Indian youth to work abroad. We must encourage on-the-job training and quality of skills should be maintained. This is an appropriate time for organising this Summit and skill development can be the foundation for an Aatmanibhar Bharat." he added.

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