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Governor urges youths to empower through skills development

P B Acharya

Dimapur, July 14: Governor of Nagaland P B Acharya has called on the youth of Nagaland to empower themselves through skills development so as to strengthen their capacity and help address the many challenges faced by the society, including unemployment, poverty and development.
In a message on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, the Governor said Nagaland is educationally empowered state in the country with 5 Universities, 300,000 graduates and a population of 20 lakhs only.
Stating that youth is the backbone of the society, Governor Acharya said that United Nations declared 15th July as World Youth Skills Day to highlight at a global level, the importance of youth skills development with a goal to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth and to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment.
The Governor said that according to the United Nations, young people were almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labour market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. He, therefore, encouraged the youth to embrace work culture and be positive towards entrepreneurship.
He said that educational institutions should introduce skill based courses in their curriculum so that the school-to-work transition is minimized.
The Governor also stated that were various Government schemes and programmes to help students stand on their feet once their studies were completed. Institutions should make the students know and understand the welfare schemes and programmes offered by the Government, he added.
Universities, Students Organizations, NGOs, all Organized Groups like Self Help Groups (SHGs), Ex-servicemen, Scouts & Guides, Red Cross Society can take up skill training with the cooperation from Government Skill Development Department and train any youth and empower the society, he added.
Stating that successful skills programmes link young people with opportunities to gain experience and jobs, Governor Acharya called on the Government, academic institutions and youth organizations to scale up action in area of Skill Development. He stated that there was no better investment than helping a young person to develop his or her abilities.
“Let us remember that giving skill training to youth is not the end goal but to help them get necessary loan from ‘Mudra Bank’ and motivate them to be entrepreneurs is the ultimate goal, he said.
He further said with Mudra Bank with Rs 12,000 crore capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opened the floodgates to skilled youth to become entrepreneurs and job givers and not job seekers. (Page News Service)