India is building its workforce to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century,

Union Minister for Education and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan delivered the concluding address at the 49th IFTDO World Conference and Exhibition on Saturday. The conference was organized in New Delhi on the theme of Strategies for a Quick Work Culture: Path to a New Era.

Speaking at the conference, he spoke about the role of technology as well as capability in society and economy. He added that in the face of a rapidly changing world, we must prepare our workforce to prepare for the challenges of the twenty-first century through a holistic skills strategy.

Talking about capacity building, he said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is maximum pressure on capacity building in all sectors. He highlighted the role of the Capacity Building Commission of India in creating best practices and coordination among different agencies in capacity building.

Mr. Pradhan also spoke about the National Education Policy (NEP) and its motivation for creating a balance between education and skills. He said that while NEP covers students between the ages of 3 and 23 in the formal education system, we must come up with new ideas for those who are not part of the formal education system to come up with path-breaking strategies on skills, re-skills and up-skills.

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