SRINAGAR: In order to understand the challenges and opportunities in skill development, employment generation, entrepreneurship development and to strengthen skill-entrepreneurship eco-system in the state, an International Industry Collaboration program commenced here at Srinagar on Thursday.
According to a statement issued here, the three-day consultative program is being organised by J&K Skill Development Mission in collaboration with BRIDGE Institute. Seven international industry experts are holding consultative sessions will be interacting with government officials of various skill implementing departments and other skill and entrepreneurship development stakeholders.
The experts include Anthony Rushton, Chairman Hong Kong Management Association, Dr Declan Doogan, Head of Worldwide Development at Pfizer (USA), Nicola Gilchrist, Communication & Engagement Specialist (United Kingdom), Jim Walker, Co-Founder Climate Group (USA), Jane Sassiene, Global Capability Director, BRIDGE (United Kingdom), Shashi Kumar Velath, Leader for Social Innovation for Ashoka (India) and Simon Mckenzie, Director BRIDGE, Asia Pacific, Singapore.
“As part of J&K Skill Development Mission’s efforts to build capacities of entrepreneurs, connect training providers with corporate houses for placement of trainees, fostering linkages and strengthening coordination between skill and entrepreneurship development agencies/departments, we are organizing this consultative program with various skill and entrepreneurship stakeholders,” a JKSDM official said in the statement.
“The consultations are aimed to chalk out strategy in developing skill and entrepreneurship programmes & fostering linkages with external corporate houses,” he added.
The program involves meetings and consultations with around 12 government officials, 35 entrepreneurs, 12 local industrialists/trade union leaders, PMKVY skill training providers and other local experts.
“In this program, we are bringing together international business experts with the skill and entrepreneurship development experts of J&K to identify new ideas that will help in job creation in the region”, said Simon McKenzie, Director, BRIDGE Institute.
“It was an enriching experience to interact with foreign delegates and this exchange and sharing of ideas will help us in devising effective strategies to enrich the skill development system in the state”, said Farooq Ahmad Khan, Joint Director, Technical Education Department, J&K.
“Holding such consultations is important and contribute in developing skill development programs which will cater to the needs of the region”, said Faiz Bakhshi, an industrialist.