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The excitement is really building up with a few weeks to go for FICCI’s 5th Global Skills Summit (GSS). This year’s GSS theme – Learner First! is already stirring a debate within the who’s who of the industry, government and academia about the need to focus initiatives on learners and I am pleased to invite you for this mega event on skills development.
As you would know, the preamble of the National Policy on Skills Development 2009 states that the “National Skill Development Initiative will empower all individuals through improved skills, knowledge, nationally and internationally recognized qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the global market”. It especially focuses on stakeholders such as women, persons with disabilities, disadvantaged groups, minorities, school dropouts, economically challenged, etc. In short, it defines a skills vision which is strengthened by outreach, access and equity and designed to re-position vocational education and training as a mainstream career opportunity and create a lifelong learning path for learners.
Five years since, the progress in the skills development area has been phenomenal. Skills development has focused on three critical aspects in India a) Quantity b) Quality and c) Systemic Reform. Under the vision and direction of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, the initiatives of 17 government ministries, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and the private sector have definitely expanded the opportunities around skills development in India. Despite this, it is the learner sentiment around skills and vocational training which is either not known or often clouded by the confusion around career and job opportunities, often referred to as the aspiration mismatch.
Hence, we dedicate FICCI’s 5th Global Skills Summit to the most important partner in skills development – the learner by looking at the debate and agenda from his perspective – the learner’s first perspective. For the first time in the history of the summit, we will hear learners share their views on aspirations, confusions on opportunities, challenges and success stories for our nation building initiatives.
FICCI’s Global Skills Summit (referred to as GSS) will allow the participants to look at the vocational training and skill building initiatives from a learner’s point of view. The summit brochure is attached for your reference. GSS 2012, therefore, is a power packed summit which comes with the following objectives:
I do hope you have registered yourself and your colleagues for the 5th GSS 2012. You can also use the online registration system available at the GSS website http://www.globalskillsummit.com/.
The excitement is definitely building up. To ensure your participation my colleagues from the Global Skills Summit secretariat would be most happy to answer your queries. You may reach Mr. Deepak Boora or Ms. Meenu Jha at 011-23487253/266 or write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more details. I request you to share message with your respective members also.
Do join us for this ‘celebration of skills’. We look forward to your active participation at GSS 2012 and receiving you.
Ms Pooja Gianchandani
Director and Head-Skills Development
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Industry’s Voice for Policy Change
Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi – 110001