Sat. Jun 6th, 2020

The Times of Bengal

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National Skill Development Corporation collaborates with The/Nudge Foundation to drive dialogues on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at Charcha 2020

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National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in partnership with The/Nudge
Foundation, and supported by the deAsra Foundation and G.A.M.E. India to co-organise the
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship event at #c harcha2020 scheduled from May 14 th to
May 16 th , 2020. The virtual event aims to act as a platform towards enabling constructive
conversations on ways to overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19
outbreak on the skill development and entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. With 24 power-
packed sessions being led by 50+ eminent speakers and panelists over three days,

charcha2020 will facilitate important discussions around critical pieces of governance, policy,

interventions and actions required to resolve the pressing challenges faced by the skill
development sector as a consequence of the global pandemic.
The skill development and entrepreneurship event commenced yesterday with a plenary
session on ‘Convergent India to a better post-COVID world’, with Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice
Chairman, Niti Aayog and Mr. Amit Chandra, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private
Equity. This was followed by the opening address by Mr. Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Ministry
of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Today, Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC
delivers a keynote address on ‘Governance and policies to create an environment for
accelerated recovery’. Over the course of three-days, multiple sessions will be organised on
various topics including the future of jobs and methodologies of skilling in the emerging new
normal along with inspirational stories of success through skill empowerment.
In his opening address, Mr. Praveen Kumar said, “The current pandemic environment solicits
rethinking and redesigning of strategies and practices to plan skilling and livelihood of workforce
for self-sustainability. The government has proactively made every effort, and continues to do
so, to improve sentiment and set the stage for the youngsters of India to reach their full potential
and contribute the most to the country as a whole.”
He further said, “I believe that a productive discussion with industry partners, thought leaders,
policymakers and understanding their constraints, and learning from their experience will help
us bridge the gap and implement new, improved models for skills provision to create new
capabilities in context of the new post COVID environment.”
On the opening day, the discussions covered subjects like skilling for the future, the role of
upskilling, reskilling and alternate skilling, evolution of the funding landscape, sectoral
challenges and opportunities in times of crisis and compassionate economy for sustainable
development. The day-2 covers topics such as the evolving role of foundations in India’s
development journey, opportunities in skilling economy, governance and policies to create an
environment for accelerated recovery, innovation and digital transformation in the skilling sector,
need for a collaborative for mass entrepreneurship and nonprofits’ response to COVID-19 crisis.

Day-3, marked for entrepreneurship, will deliberate upon subjects like Indian economy’s
recovery through inclusive growth, increasing the competitiveness of the middle of the pyramid
enterprises and the role of technology in entrepreneurship.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Manish Kumar said, “The Charcha 2020 platform aims at
collaboratively brainstorming on adaptive programs and strategies for skill development and
entrepreneurship, given the challenges imposed by ongoing pandemic.”
Sharing his thoughts on Charcha 2020, Atul Satija, Founder, The/Nudge Foundation said,
“The ramifications of the outbreak of the global pandemic has impacted India’s development
sector significantly. Charcha 2020 is in line with our vision to enable necessary interventions
needed to reimagine the design of the social development sector and boost the infrastructure
needed to solve for India’s most pressing problems. The platform aims at bringing together
thought leaders to enable engaging conversations on the need to put together a strategic
framework in response to the pandemic and build resilience against future shocks of this
nature.”

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