DLF Foundation bags ‘Best NGO- Skill Development’ by the ASSOCIATED CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF INDIA (ASSOCHAM) today at ‘Award-cum-summit ’Skilling India’: The Way Forward”. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. Ms. Gayatri Paul, Director, Programme – Skill Development, DLF Foundation received the award along with Mr. Vinay Sahani, Advisor CSR, DLF Foundation.
“We always talk about doctors, engineers, professors and other professionals but we hardly talk about skills. The world skill was never part of our system. Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi understood the importance of skill development and created Skill Development Ministry. There was a need to create this ministry, we talk about convergence, globalization, training, identifying talent but what in particular is there which is different, it is the skills. For years we have only spoken about education and being educated being skilled was never our priority. I congratulate all of you who have been working towards Skilling India and giving direction to the youth of the country” Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.
Receiving the award an escalated Ms Gayatri Paul, Program Director, Skill Development DLF Foundation said “It is indeed a very opportune moment for all of us here today to debate and share our experiences in the mission of skilling India. We acknowledge the effort being made by the government and the industry in this regard. The establishment of a separate dedicated ministry for skill development is a big move and has provided the necessary push and impetus required. However it is time that we realize that skill development of the international scale and level cannot happen without a professional approach and strengthening of the delivery mechanism. It is time that we reckon the gaps and shortfalls and strengthen the delivery mechanism if India has to grow and it’s people have to progress we must invest in our human resources, in our teaching faculty and our trainers. At DLF Foundation for monitoring the 42 skill centers which have been established pan India we have developed our own online monitoring software which helps control and manage the programme effectively. So like I said earlier innovation and technology is the key in case we have to achieve our task. I am sure with the government taking a lead role we will achieve the aim of skilling and up skilling our human capital”
DLF Foundations’ skill development program was launched in August, 2011 to empower youth coming from low income backgrounds by training them to improve their skills and thereby developing a high quality skilled work force/ entrepreneurs relevant to current and emerging employment market needs. The Foundation has till now established 42 Skill Centres and trained 15,000 unemployed youth, out of which over 68 per cent have been placed with leading corporate brands across India. Trained youth have been placed across the industry with leading corporate brands like Future group, ITC, Ashok Leyland, Reliance, Café Coffee Day, ICICI Bank, Bajaj, Vodafone, Airtel, Pantaloon, TVS, Apollo, Mahindra, Max Hospital, Eureka Forbes, Hindustan Lever, Ashok Leyland, Medanta Hospital, Jubilant group and Tata Teleservices . The other dignitaries present at the event were Shri Jayant Krishna, CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, Shri Sunil Kanoria, President, ASSOCHAM, Shri Rohit Nandan, IAS, Secretary, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Prof. SK Mehrotra, JNU.
ASSOCHAM’s Skill Achiever Awards honor and recognize organizations in private Sector, PSUs, NGOs, Government departments etc who have demonstrated their commitment to the advancement of skills by implementing Skill Development and training programs that are relevant and result oriented. Skill Achiever Awards is certain to attract an overwhelming response, with the pledged support of rural and urban Area, Government institutions, missions including overseas bodies.