April 12, 2017, New Delhi – The 4th Australia-India Skills Conference was held on April 10th and 11th, 2017 in Taj Palace, New Delhi where the Prime Ministers of Australia and India agreed on collaborating to make India a Skilling Hub for the world. There were several panel discussions held during the two day conference and many a business partnerships forged.
Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi signed a tripartite MoU with Australian Skill Development Education Pvt. Ltd. (ASD) and Odisha Rural Development Marketing Society (ORMAS) to provide International Training and Assessment Courses (ITAC) certification to 1000 vocational trainers involved in skilling rural youth in the state of Odisha. The MoU was signed by Dr. Shahid Rasool, Director, CEMCA, Shri P. J. Nath, IAS, State Mission Director, ORMAS, Shri B.N. Das, Executive Director, ORMAS, Mr. Suresh Padmanabhan, CEO, REACH for Training and Mr. Rao Vamaraju, Director, ASD Education Pvt. Ltd. This programme aims at improving the quality of vocational training in the state of Odisha under DDU-GKY by building the capacity of the trainers especially focussing on imparting best pedagogical or platform skills to the trainers. The project will run for a year and will be evaluated by a third party for its effectiveness. The intervention aims at addressing the dearth of good quality vocational trainers especially in rural and semi-urban locations.
The MoUs were exchanged in the presence of Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham MP, Minister for Education and Training, Government of Australia and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Honourable Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.