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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India and Pratham Education Foundation come together; 18 Medallions of Excellence at the IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India and Pratham Education Foundation come together to create the Life Skills Collaborative

Pratham Education Foundation and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation have entered a collaboration for a new skill development initiative, the Life Skills Collaborative or the LSC, meaning it is a collaborative of 18 organisations. This collaborative project, supported by multi-sectoral expertise, will be focusing on developing essential life skills for the Indian youth. In an exclusive interview, the CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, Pukmini Banerji, and the Country Director of Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Geeta Goel, got together to shed some light on the current situation of skilled youth in the country and how their initiative can help make a change. This programme is in line with the NEP 2020 and also works jointly with the governments of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Maharashtra. Read more.

Technological skills get 18 Medallions of Excellence at the IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals

The IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals competition was held earlier this month by the National Skill Development Corporation or the NSDC under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship or the MSDE where 500 candidates participated in showcasing 50 different skills from 26 states and union territories. Out of the all the 191 winners of the competitions, 18 medallions of excellence were awarded in the categories of cloud computing, web technologies, cybersecurity, and mobile robotics. There were also 7 new-age skills introduced at the event – additive manufacturing, digital construction, robot systems integration, industry 4.0, mobile app development, industrial design technology, and renewable energy. All the winners of this national competition will represent the country at the WorldSkills competition that will be held in Shanghai, China later this year where the best skilled youth from over 60 countries will come together to showcase their talent.

Indian Youth disappointed by current prospects

The future of any country is determined by the youth of the country and what opportunities are provided to them by the government, how the dreams and aspirations of the future-leaders of the country are being taken care of. But what happens when the youth of the country are being trampled by unemployment and unavailability of viable opportunities after toiling to complete their education? India, being one of the youngest countries in the world with 54% of the population under the age of 25 and 62% of it in the working age of 15 to 59 years, needs to take the necessary steps so that the creators, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow can contribute to the growing economy of the country to reach new heights. 

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