New Delhi — Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Indian youth are second to none in the world and are capable of making a niche for themselves wherever they take up a vocation within the country or abroad.
The minister was addressing the audience after inaugurating the IMS Health Skill Development Centre under the aegis of Udaan programme, here today, aimed at empowering the youth of Jammu & Kashmir with active support and assistance from the central government.
The minister referred to the recent skill training programme initiated by him on a voluntary basis in district Doda of his parliamentary constituency with the specific aim to train the youth in the kind of skill which can beget them employment locally. With this consideration, he said the skill development programme initiated in Doda would provide training in local surveys and mapping which could make these youth employable by a host of different hydro and power projects running in the district.
Udaan, the Special Industry Initiative (SII) for Jammu & Kashmir is funded by Ministry of Home Affairs and implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The programme is a part of the overall initiative for addressing economic issues in J&K. While steps are being taken by the State and Central Government to revive economic activity in J&K, Udaan programme is a special initiative to address the needs of the educated unemployed in J&K. Udaan program is focused on the youth of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) who are graduate, post graduate and 3-year diploma engineers. The aim is to provide skills and job opportunities to the youth. Simultaneously, the aim is also to provide exposure to corporate India towards the rich talent pool available in J&K. The target was to reach out to 40,000 youth in J&K over a period of 5 years. It was observed that youth from J&K were unable to find employment in many companies as either they were unaware of the opportunity in the companies or the companies were unaware of the talent pool that existed in J&K. The principal focus of the Udaan programme is to create an ecosystem that would bridge this gap. The Udaan programme is designed to encourage corporates to travel to J&K meet with the youth and hire aspiring youth in J&K who wish to explore the opportunity to work with corporates. Udaan provides a framework of support to the youth to travel, undergo training in firms and transit to work.Udaan has two objectives :
- To provide exposure to the graduates and post graduates of Jammu and Kashmir to the best of corporate India and
- To provide corporate India with exposure to the rich talent pool available in the state
With India emerging as a world power in the next few years on the basis of its youth skill with more than 70% of its total population below the age of 35 years, Dr Singh said the Indian youth would be an essential part of the world’s overall youth potential in the 21st century.
Earlier, Managing Director of IMS Health, South Asia Region, Nitin Goel welcomed the guests and gave a brief about the activities of the new Centre inaugurated today. Also present on the occasion were senior officers from the Health Ministry.