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Raising India Through Skills

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the “Skill India” campaign. The aim of the campaign is to train 2.4 million young people by the end of 2015, and 400 million by 2020.

India’s population is 1.24  billion people, with a birth rate of 20 per 1,000 people and a death rate of 7 per 1,000 each year. Although the birth rate has fallen by almost 50% since 1975, when it was 40 births per 1,000, there the projection for 2050 is 1.6 billion.

The PM said he wants India to become the “human resource capital” of the world, and the Skill India Campaign is the way to make it happen.

“Let’s pledge to make India the skill capital of the world.” – PM Narendra Modi.

“This initiative is not merely to fill pockets but to bring a sense of self-confidence among the poor,” Modi said.

Skill India Campaign Launch Speech

Through the “Skill India” Campaign, the Ministry aims to Skill people on a large Scale with Speed and high Standards to achieve its vision of a “Skilled India.”

The Daily Mail reported Modi said on the Skill India campaign, “We need to have a futuristic vision and prepare plans for the next 10 years. If China is like a ‘manufacturing factory’ of the world, India should become the ‘human resource capital’ of the world. That should be our target and we should lay emphasis on that.”

Observing that there are several developed nations which have wealth but not human resources, he said India, in the near future, will be the only country that can cater to this requirement if proper skills are developed here. – www.dailymail.co.uk

Billed as a skill revolution, the government organization also announced the launch of the Skill India logo

Skill India Campaign Logo