World Youth Skills Day- “Youth need to upskill themselves to survive in the 21st century”: Patowary 

World Youth Skills Day

Youth need to upskill themselves to survive in the 21st century: Patowary 


Dispur, July 15: Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) organised the World Youth Skills Day at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara today. This year’s theme is ‘Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic’ recognizing the resilience and creativity of youth overcoming the pandemic crisis. 

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment and entrepreneurship. 

Speaking on the occasion, Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of education. ‘In modern times, formal education hardly has the value, it used to have earlier. The future depends only on skill. Today, education demands attention to technical and vocational skills for employment and entrepreneurship. Our nation’s strength lies in the talented pool of our youths. The immense potentiality of the youth, if properly channelized, will help in the development of our country for next coming years and make India the skill capital of the world’, said Patowary.

The Skill Minister stated that the 21st century will be dominated by Information Technology (IT), Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE). Youth must therefore upskill themselves in terms of innovation and creativity to survive and adapt to the post-pandemic world and contribute to the new demands and priorities of companies and communities. ‘Technical and vocation education will address the multiple demands of the new socio-economic situation by helping the youth to develop the skills they need for employment and sustainability’, added the Minister.

The Minister urged the Training Providers to work dedicatedly in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the youth. He complimented ASDM for creating a pool of workforce who have made a mark in the national and international markets. Minister Patowary also conferred awards to the winners of quiz competition and winners in innovative skill and ideas competition. 

Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, Principal Secretary of Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department, Juri Deka Thakur, Secretary and Varnali Deka, Mission Director, ASDM and other senior officials were also present in the programme.