'Skill for All' launched to mark MV's birth anniversary

Remembering a legend: Schemes to enhance vocational human resource

'Skill for All' launched to  mark MV's birth anniversary

Schoolchildren douse Bharat Ratna M Visvesvaraya’s bust in flowers at his memorial in Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur district on Wednesday. DH Photo/B H Shivakumar

The first batch of master trainers will pass out from the facility in four months. “Skill for All” envisages training of master trainers by world class super trainers drawn from across the globe.

As many as 1,000 master trainers will be trained in the first year in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, painting and automotive skills.

In the second phase, skills in information technology, tourism, house-keeping, health care among others will be introduced. Each master trainer will train 100-150 trainees per year.

Speaking after the launch of the facility, Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily said Visvesvaraya always stood for empowerment of students and the skill-development programme has been designed to help youths realise goals set by the statesman engineer.

“MV was a giant among the engineers of the world. He was an ideal administrator, statesman, a man of extraordinary vision and original ideas. The youth should imbibe the spirit of MV”, Moily said.

Highest manpower

The minister said at the end of 10 years, India will have the highest manpower with vocational skills.

Moily said the the programme was being launched with the objective of taking the nation on the path of progress. The idea is to train 50 crore youth in vocational skills by 2020, he said.

Governor H R Bhardwaj said developing vocational skills among the younger generation was essential for holistic development of the State.

Thousands of Visvesvaraya’s admirers including captains of industry, students, Union and State ministers witnessed the launch at a function held at a short distance from the house where the great visionary was born on the same day in 1860. The entire village, nestled in the backdrop of the scenic Nandi mountain range, was spruced up for the occasion.

A special postal envelope of Rs 5 value portraying MV’s house and photograph was released on the occasion.

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