Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar has announced the launch of the PMKVY 4.0 as a part of the Skill India Mission under which courses and Skilling programmes in various fields ranging from AI, block chain to mobile repairing, vehicle maintenance and management will be introduced for the youth.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar made this announcement while addressing a gathering at the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Shillong. He arrived in Shillong on Friday morning on a two-day official visit to Meghalaya.
Referring to initiatives undertaken in Meghalaya, he said, “We have already skilled around 20,000 youth earlier and plan to cover many more in the state in the coming 12 months.”
The minister offered tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his 160th birth anniversary which is celebrated as National Youth Day all over the country. He also paid homage to Swami ji’s spiritual guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
In his address, the minister said that it is very fitting that we celebrate his birthday as National Youth Day. “Swami Vivekananda was a deep believer in the inevitability of India’s rise as well as in the power, the innovation and the determination of the Indian youth”
He said it was a privilege for him to address an audience at the very place where Swami Vivekananda ji had delivered a public lecture in 1901.
The minister spoke about the emergence of a New India under Prime Minister Modi and about the "tremendous" opportunities for education, skilling and employment it offers for the youth today.
“Our Prime Minister has said that the future of India is technology, and has termed the next ten years as India's Techade. And to make India's Techade a reality, the youth must grab the opportunities available for them," he stated.
The minister then met members of the business community. He spoke to them about the Skilling initiatives planned to be taken under PMKVY 4.0 to empower the youth and create opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship.
Later Chandrasekhar held meetings with senior party leaders and Karyakartas and shared with them the PM’s vision of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.
He also met groups of social workers and commended them for their efforts. He briefed them about the various government programmes that could help uplift those in need.