Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a digital conclave on World Youth Skills Day. On the occasion, he delivered a new mantra for the youth in order to help them stay relevant in the time of crisis and empower them. He said, “This day is dedicated to your skills. The millennial youth’s biggest strength is acquiring new skills,” adding that no matter how educated a person is, one must always be ready to acquire new skills.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he further talked about the changed nature of jobs. Thus, PM Narendra Modi said that it is very important to stay relevant in the current time so that people can not only earn their livelihoods, but also help others too. “The mantra to stay relevant is: Skill, re-skill and upskill,” he reiterated.
Thereafter, he explained on the meaning of skill and stated, “Skill is something that you learn – like building a chair from a piece of wood. You increased the value of the wood by doing some value addition, and to stay relevant, you need to keep adding stuff to it. But it is important to expand our skill further. This is known as upskill.” He believed that this is the only way for us to be self-reliant, especially in the health services sector.
For the unversed, the day marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of Skill India Mission. World Youth Skills Day is also recognized by the United Nations and is celebrated on July 15 every year. It was designated by the General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014.
PM Modi’s addressal at the conclave was organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and he focussed on the importance of developing skilled youth. Albeit, if the youth of our nation will be able to ‘skill, re-skill, upskill’ in the times of coronavirus pandemic which has presented new challenges for the world, is still left to be seen.