Chennai: July 15 is commemorated as World Youth Skills Day. On the eve of this Day, the Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to provide skills to nearly one crore men and women during the next four years (2016-2020). This scheme has an outlay of Rs. 12000 crore. Its aim is to impart skill training to 6 million young persons.
We are living in an era when skills determine the quality of life. What is important is to develop market driven strategies for each ecosystem. Gandhiji mentioned long ago that rural India will stagnate unless brain and brawn are married. The skills should be such that they enable youth to make contributions to food and nutrition security, public health and sanitation and job-led economic growth. In the design of training for new skills, the dynamic progress being made particularly in the field of modern information technology should be kept in view.
Training for skills has also to be life-long and in this respect we should remember what Gurdev Tagore wrote in Gitanjali,
“A candle which is not lit, cannot light others
A teacher who is also not learning, cannot teach others”
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.