Sitharaman Stresses on New-Age Skills For Youth


Presenting the first budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2.0 Cabinet, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the government will focus on imparting new-age skills in areas like artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data, 3-D printing, virtual reality and robotics to equip youth to take up high-paying jobs overseas.

Sitharaman, while presenting her budget referred to the concept of Kayakave Kailasa (work is worship) to highlight that the government enables about 10 million youths to take up industry relevant skill training through the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, helping create a large pool of skilled manpower.

The finance minister, while pointing out that demographic trends world-wide show that major economies will face severe labour shortages in the future, she said that to prepare the youth of the country to take jobs overseas, the government will increase focus on skill-sets needed abroad including language training. She also said that they will also lay focus on new-age skills like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, 3-D printing, virtual reality and robotics.

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