LG Mathur inaugurates Skill Development Workshop



LEH: A society requires all its residents to have skills for its development and prosperity, said Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Ladakh, R. K Mathur, during the one-day Skill Development Workshop organised by the Department of Technical Education and Skill Development Ladakh at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra.

Lt Governor Mathur, who was the chief guest for the inaugural session, apprised the participants that the objective of the workshop is to understand the aspirations of Ladakhi youths and help them develop skills with certification to help them get employment or start their ventures.

Mathur stressed the need to segregate the youth into different employment categories based on their educational qualification and job requirements for the growth of Ladakhi society and economy. Accordingly, they can look to develop the skill of their choice and avail of the benefit of the trainings that UT Administration is committed to provide enabling them to become self-employed or get employed in private sectors in Ladakh, India and abroad.

Mathur said that it would not only benefit youths from Ladakhi but also help the UT Administration in understanding the unemployment situation in Ladakh and take necessary steps based on suggestions from the youth. “This is the first step in this direction and we are committed to walk together on this skill journey which is going to be a continuous engagement to ensure maximum benefit”, said the LG.

He also impressed upon commercial cultivation of high-value products in the primary sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, dairy, handloom, handicraft and wool products, which are lucrative job avenues for Ladakhi youth. Reiterating that Ladakhi youth are professional, articulate and talented, Lt Governor Mathur urged them to work hard to capitalise on the opportunities. He stated that UT Administration and both the Hill Councils would support them in their endeavours.

Addressing the gathering, the Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Leh, Advocate Tashi Gyalson appreciated the UT Administration, Ladakh, for its initiative and stated that such workshops would provide a platform to enhance quality-based skills among the youth of Ladakh. Highlighting the need for entrepreneurship, CEC Gyalson requested the youth from Ladakh to engage themselves in developing specialised skills rather than looking for government jobs. He stressed that individual participation and contribution, especially from the youth, could help lay a good foundation for the newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh.

Meanwhile, Advisor Ladakh, Umang Narula, who was the chief guest for the evening session, shared that the workshop has generated a lot of interest among the youth to address their aspiration. He shared that skill of Ladakhi youth need to be enhanced to provide them with the necessary opportunities. He shared that the UT Administration should make the youth aware of the possibilities in the economy of Ladakh and also across the country. He spoke that the Administration could help the youth from Ladakh in providing trainings to enhance the skills that would help them enter the market place. He also shared that the Administration is trying to develop start-up programmes and also the development of entrepreneurship.

Secretary, Skill Development Department, Padma Angmo, briefed the participants about the skill development workshop and said that its main objective is to expose the students to different kinds of skill. She thanked the students for showing interest in taking part in the workshop. She informed the participants that experts from solar technology, filmmaking, electrician, food processing, tourism, apparel and entrepreneurship would speak about different skills during the workshop. She said the Department of Skill Development would plan a UT-based skill development programme as per inputs from the youth and the demand of youth from the region.

Secretary, Employment, Ravinder Kumar, briefed the participants about the manpower and skill-set required for various pilot projects in Leh. He also spoke about employment opportunities in Ladakh. He also apprised the participants of the future projects of UT Administration, including opening a portal and mobile app to keep the youth informed of job opportunities, skill-gap analysis and skill centres.

The resource persons for the workshop were Shakeer Hussain and Gurmet Angmo from Global Himalayan Expeditions, who spoke on electrifying villages with solar energy; filmmaker Stanzin Jigmet from Pixel, who spoke on exploring media and entertainment; Sundeep Chhabra, national head of Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC), who spoke on tourism-the present and future; Ankur Chauhan, manager of Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI), who spoke on food processing opportunities in Ladakh; Nikhil Malhotra, assistant director of Apparel Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHFSSC), who spoke on apparel & home-what and how; and DK Singh from National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), who spoke on becoming entrepreneurs.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner/CEO LAHDC Leh, Shrikant Suse welcomed the guests whereas Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Sonam Chosjor, gave the vote of thanks. (PTI)