KISS Deemed to be University observed World Youth Skills Day on 15 the July 2023. The event was jointly organized by the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the AURORA Club, KISS-DU which has been constituted under the AURORA Project (co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union). Since 2014, post the declaration of the United General Assembly, 15 th July 2023 is celebrated as World Youth Skills Day, to commemorate the strategic importance of equipping youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. This, directly and indirectly, relates to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations with special focus on Goal – 1, Goal – 2, Goal – 3, Goal –4, Goal – 8 and Goal – 9. KISS-DU has been relentlessly working on meeting the SDG Agenda 2030 and endeavours to bring in winds of change with its efforts. UNESCO declared this year’s theme “Skilling teachers, trainers and youth for a transformative future”. Dr. Gouri Shankar Beriha, Assistant Professor, School of Tribal Resource Management, KISS Deemed to be University was invited as a resource person for the event. This was curated for inspiring and honing the skills of the tribal youth.
Addressing forty Post Graduate students, Dr. Beriha highlighted the meaning of Skills and the role of youth. He highlighted the essential role of teachers, trainers and other educators play in providing skills for youth to help them to build employability skills and engage with their communities. Dr. Beriha discussed the technological advancements, shifting labour market dynamics, and need for agile and adaptable skill sets. It is crucial to empower young people to navigate these changes effectively. He spoke with special focus on spreading awareness on the pre-requisites needed He address the students to equip young people with skills for employability, entrepreneurship, and self-employment by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). This TVET shall meet these demands by reducing access barriers to the world of work, ensuring that skills gained are relevant, recognized, certified, promoting green skills and practices, and offering skills development opportunities for the youth.
The session was graced by the faculty, members of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship, members of the AURORA Club.