Union Minister Amit Shah lays stone for Indian Institute of Skills at Nasmed near Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Union Home Minister Amit Shah performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) on a 20-acre campus at Nasmed in Kalol taluka in Gandhinagar district at a function here today.
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
The institute is being set up by the Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in collaboration with Tata Education Development Trust (TEDT). The MoU between the two was signed. It will provide skills to 5,000 students in a year for various industries, with a target to provide placement to 70 per cent of the pass-outs.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India’ initiative to create a separate Ministry of Skill Development in 2014 to upgrade the skill of youth face the global challenges, involving over 23-lakh youths in 9,000 schools in India with ‘Skill India’ initiative. There are over 14,900 ITIs in India. He said that Tata Trust agreed to upgrade 272 ITIs in Gujarat.
He said that India is the world’s biggest market having a population of 130-crore people with maximum number of youth in the world. The government has framed its Industrial Policy in tandem with ‘Make in India’ policy. This has resulted in India jumping 70 ranks in ‘Ease of Doing Business’. While India’s economy has increased to $ 2-trillion in 50-60 years, it increased from $2-trillion in 2014 to $ 3-trillion. We have resolved to take it to $ 5-trillion economy by 2024.
Mr. Shah said the youth should always aim high. The Prime Minister has paved the road wide for development with a target to solve all the problems. He wondered how come the past rulers, who could not solve the problem of unemployment in their last 50-60 years rule, were now making the present government accountable.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani thanked the Central Government and also the Union Home Minister for setting up an IIS in his Lok Sabha constituency. He said that three IISs are being set up in India, while Ahmedabad is the first to lay the foundation stone. The other two IISs are being set up in Mumbai and Kanpur. He also thanked the Tata Trust for extending co-operation in setting up the IIS.
He said that Gujarat is the leading state in GDP, GSDP, FDI, Agriculture, and Manufacturing, and now in setting up new institute to upgrade the skill of the youths. He home the IIS will fulfil the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Skill + Will + Zeal’ necessary for creating jobs. Gujarat contributed to 86% of total jobs created in India through Employment Exchanges.
Mr. Rupani said that Gujarat’s youths are taking a lead in implementing Prime Minister’s missions for Make in India, Digital India, Skill India and Start-up India in building a New India.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel hoped the IIS would become more useful than famous institutes like IIM, ISRO, ATIRA in Ahmedabad and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University and Gujarat National Law University. He said that 1.88-lakh youth are getting employment from 272 it is in Gujarat. The State Government is paying ITI students Rs.3,000 stipend in addition to that given by the Central Government.
Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey spoke on developing human capital with stress on education, raising the country above the level of instructor, fitter, welder and trainer.
Minister of State for New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh said skill development is of utmost importance to make India epicentre of global economy.
Tata Sons Emeritus Chairman and Tata Trust Chairman Ratan Tata said that the world’s future will depend on skills and industrial entrepreneurship. He has faith in Prime Minister’s dream of building a new India through ‘Skill India’ and
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) Chairman and Larsen & Toubro Chairman Anil M. Naik recalled that Germany’s rise after the World War-2 was its developing skill, raising its economy to $ 10-trillion in a short span. He said that reducing dropout ration in schools and skill upgradation could do wonders.
Union Secretary of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Ratan Kumar, Labour & Employment Director Suprit Singh Gulati also spoke on the occasion.
Others present on the occasion included Gujarat Labour & Employment Minister Dilipkumar Thakor, Forest & Environment Minister Ganpatsinh Vasava, Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, BJP State President Jitubhai Vaghani, MPS, MLAs, Gujarat Chief Secretary Anil Mukim and Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary for Labour & Employment Vipul Mitra.