Virtual Event, 15 July 2020

The importance of developing skilled youth is at the core of this year’s message for the World Youth Skills Day. (The United Nations official website)

On Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the coronavirus pandemic caused new challenges for the world for which everyone needs to get prepared. Addressing a digital conclave on World Youth Skills Day, PM Modi also presented a new mantra for the youth that will help them stay relevant in the tough time of crisis and empower them.

PM Modi said, “This day is dedicated to your skills. The millennial youth’s biggest strength is acquiring new skills.” He further added, “Covid-19 has changed the nature of jobs, and then there is a new technology which has impacted our lives too. Our youth have to adopt new skills.”

The prime minister then said that it is most important to stay relevant in the current time so that people can not only earn their livelihoods but also help others too. “The mantra to stay relevant is: Skill, re-skill and upskill.”

He further expanded on the idea. “The Skill is something that you learn – like building a chair from a piece of wood. You increased the value of the wood by doing some value addition, and to stay relevant, you need to keep adding stuff to it. But it is important to expand our skill further. That is known as upskill.” PM Modi stated.

He added that not only the youth but anyone could tread the path – learn new things and keep enhancing their skills. “This will help make us self-reliant.” He said. As per PM Modi, many fields require people who have skills, especially in the health services sector.

This day celebrates the fifth anniversary of the launch of Skill India Mission. The conference has organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. 

WYSD is an event recognized by the United Nations and is celebrated on 15 July annually. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the year 2014. 

Credits: Hindustan Times

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