Jharkhand must produce ‘Ready-to-Deploy’ skilled resources: CII Session

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CII Jharkhand Session on Build Jharkhand: Focus Skills deliberated on increasing role of Skill Development in the overall growth and development of the country as a whole and Jharkhand in particular

Jamshedpur, Aug 12: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Jharkhand organised a Session on Build Jharkhand: Focus Skills today in association with UNGC India and Citizens Foundation. The Session deliberated on the increasing role of Skill Development in the overall growth and development of the country as a whole and Jharkhand in particular.

 The Inaugural Session of the meet was addressed by Kiran DM, Chief Executive Officer, ONGC Foundation; Mathew Joseph, Country Director, American India Foundation; Sourav Roy, Convenor, CII Jharkhand CSR & Skill Development Panel & Chief – Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel Ltd; Sougata Roy Choudhury, Executive Director, Skill Development, Affirmative Action, ASD & Industrial Relations, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ganesh Reddy, Secretary cum Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Foundation.

The session discussed that the state of Jharkhand is one of the richest states in India as far as natural resources are concerned. However, the state’s economy is not that thriving one would associate with a state as well-endowed as Jharkhand.

There is a need for intensifying efforts to achieve development both in economic and social spheres so that the state can realize its full economic potential. Skill development stands as one of the key pillars of the growth and development of any economy, and hence has emerged as one of the key focus areas of the both Central and State Governments.

With more and more policy thrust on the growth of industry, the state of Jharkhand has to make sure that the workforce is ready to embrace the opportunities that come their way. While the developing economy would be creating employment opportunities, it is imperative that the state of Jharkhand produces not only enough skilled manpower to meet the requirement, but also enough ‘Ready-to-Deploy’ skilled resources.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in huge number of migrant workers returning to their home states including Jharkhand. The turmoil caused by the pandemic has resulted in not just millions of workers moving back to the hinterland, but also created new demand patterns for jobs. For these workers who are not willing to go back to their places of work outside the state, proper skill development should be done so that they can be productively employed in Jharkhand itself. Industry also needs to engage itself in the skill development activities along with the state government for the workers who are not willing to go back to their places of work outside the state. A large and comprehensive re-skilling programme for those workers whose jobs may be at risk is needed to prepare them to work in other sectors.

 In an effort aimed at providing job and self-employment opportunities to migrant workers in their home states, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India has chalked out a comprehensive plan to impart skills training and certification to three lakh migrant workers in 116 districts across six states including Jharkhand.

Setting up special skill development universities, revamping courses and training at over 2,700 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics and creating a central board of vocational education are some of the measures the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India is looking at in an attempt to create a job-ready workforce for a post-COVID world. The Government of Jharkhand in recent years has also initiated many schemes to increase employment with investments in the skill development, providing social security and promoting self-employment opportunities for growing young population.  

The session had particular focus on The New Paradigm for Partnership – Role of Skill Development in the New Normal and Creating Employment through Entrepreneurship. Over 120 delegates participated in this important forum.

The meet was also addressed by Kamal Singh, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India; Dr Pankaj Kumar, Head – Training Knowledge & Enabling, Capability Development, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel Ltd; Siddharth Chaturvedi, Executive Vice President, AISECT Ltd; Amit Sharma, Vice President-HR, Volvo Group; Prof (Dr) Raman Kumar Jha, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Jharkhand; Captain Amitabh, Head – Skill Development, Tata Steel Ltd; Sandeep Ahuja, Director, VLCC Personal Care Limited; Johnson Topno, Regional Head of Programmes, Partnering Hope into Action Foundation.

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