Comments 2 Comments

Keynote address by Hon. Chief Minister


Industry Responsive Skill Convention-

Making Gujarat a skill Hub

20th September, 2012, 10.00 Hrs.

Mahatma Mandir



Dr. Dalia Schipper, Mr. S Mahalingam, My Colleague Mr. Vaju bhai Vala, Mr. Joti, Ladies and Gentlemen!

We have assembled here to discuss a very important issue – empowering our youth with the Knowledge and Skill-sets of the 21st century. For me, this in fact is
the most important dimension of our great nation’s developmental story. I am extremely happy to be here.

More than 50% of India’s population is below 25 years of age. We enjoy an average age of 24 years – while a large part of the world stares at an ageing population.

I see India’s youth as one of its biggest strengths and most valuable resources. I strongly believe that if India is able to invigorate its talent pool - its youth in one decade will be the
engine of growth not just for India but for the world
. If we convert our youth population into a
skilled workforce
, we can meet the entire world’s workforce requirements.

In line with this strong belief in Youth Power - Gujarat has invested substantial time and resource in facilitating their all round development. We believe
education and skill development
are the most powerful mechanisms for empowering our youth.

With a holistic approach we are increasing the reach of education and training. More importantly, we are also enhancing its quality. This is being done in line with the latest international trends in
promoting innovation
nurturing human resource

And the results are visible for all to see. Gujarat presents the best picture in employment generation. A recent survey of Government of India says that Gujarat has the least unemployment rate.

Gujarat also presents the best picture in development of skills – hard as well as soft.

Many of our initiatives are now recognized as best practices nationally. To give a few leading examples:

  • Our iCREATE initiative is being hailed by everyone for its innovativeness.
  • Through SCOPE we are building English language proficiency in the youth of Gujarat.
  • Recently, we have launched eMPOWER to prepare our youth in IT and electronics skill-sets.
  • Various other initiatives nurturing all-round development include the likes of Vaanche Gujarat – a drive for reading, Khel Mahakumbh - a statewide drive for encouraging various sports, Innovation Commission, Choice Based Credit System and so on

Specific to the domain of skill development - Gujarat has given top priority to developing modern technical and professional skills in our youth

Gujarat Skill Development Mission
Gujarat Council of Vocational Training
aim to make each and every youth employable. Our
Industrial Training Institutes
(ITIs) play a central role in this. The number of ITIs have increased five-fold over the last decade. Our ITIs have been upgraded with new buildings, new machinery and state-of-the art infrastructure.

Courses have been updated, and their number and diversity dramatically expanded.

20 Superior Technology Centres (
) have been launched - which provide specialized training using state of the art technology. These are driven by industry needs and future human resource demand.  Examples would include STCs related to Automobile Servicing and Solar Technology. We have also opened a powerful window of opportunity by enabling ITI students to pursue Diploma and Engineering courses after their ITI education, thus widening their career horizons.

One of the best parts of the story is that our efforts are powered through partnership with the industry. More than 50% of our ITIs are now running on
basis – through partnerships with a range of national and international companies and institutions. This is going to be further strengthened today with MoUs being signed for setting up new Skill Generation Centres

My experiences in Gujarat reaffirm my strong belief that India must place at the
top of its agenda
the task of empowering its youth with

and Skill-sets
. We in Gujarat are already sowing the seeds for the same.

We remain committed to turning every young mind of Gujarat into a powerhouse of motivation, hard work and innovation.

From this perspective, this convention is very important. That is why we have organized it as an important part of our 6th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. I look forward to the deliberations throwing up fresh perspectives and new ideas on how we can do even better …


- Narendra Modi

Explore More
76-ാം സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യ ദിനത്തില്‍ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി ചുവപ്പു കോട്ടയുടെ കൊത്തളത്തിൽ നിന്ന് നടത്തിയ പ്രസംഗത്തിന്റെ പൂർണ്ണരൂപം

ജനപ്രിയ പ്രസംഗങ്ങൾ

76-ാം സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യ ദിനത്തില്‍ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി ചുവപ്പു കോട്ടയുടെ കൊത്തളത്തിൽ നിന്ന് നടത്തിയ പ്രസംഗത്തിന്റെ പൂർണ്ണരൂപം
PM Modi shares 'breathtaking' images of Gujarat taken by EOS-06 satellite

Media Coverage

PM Modi shares 'breathtaking' images of Gujarat taken by EOS-06 satellite

Nm on the go

Always be the first to hear from the PM. Get the App Now!
Manipur Sangai Festival highlights the spirit and passion of the people of Manipur: PM Modi
November 30, 2022
“Manipur Sangai Festival highlights the spirit and passion of the people of Manipur”
“Manipur is exactly like an elegant garland where one can witness a mini India”
“The Sangai Festival celebrates the biodiversity of India”
“When we make nature, animals and plants part of our festivals and celebrations, then co-existence becomes a natural part of our life”

Greetings! Heartiest congratulations to all the people of Manipur for successfully organizing the Sangai Festival!

Due to the Corona pandemic, the Sangai Festival was organized after two years. I am glad that this event came out in a grander form than ever before. It shows the spirit and passion of the people of Manipur. Particularly, the way the Manipur government organized it with such a broad vision is really commendable! I appreciate Chief Minister N. Biren Singh ji and his entire government for the same.


Manipur is a state full of natural beauty, cultural richness and diversity, so much so that everyone wants to visit here at least once. Manipur is like a beautiful garland made up of different types of gems sewn together in a single thread. That's why, we can see Mini India within Manipur. During this 'Amritkaal', the country is moving forward with the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat'. In such a scenario, the successful organization of the Sangai Festival on the theme of "Festival of Oneness" will give us more energy and a new inspiration for the future. Sangai is not only the state animal of Manipur, but also has a special place in India's social values and traditions. Therefore, the Sangai Festival is also a great festival to celebrate the biological diversity of India. It also celebrates India's cultural and spiritual ties with nature. And at the same time, this festival also arouses social sensibility necessary for a sustainable lifestyle. When we make nature, animals and plants a part of our festivals and celebrations, then co-existence becomes a natural part of our lives.

Brothers and Sisters,

I am told that this time the Sangai Festival was organized not only in the capital city but also in the entire state, elevating the spirit of "Festival of Oneness". From the Nagaland border to the Myanmar border, diverse colours of the festival were seen at around 14 locations. This was a commendable initiative! When more and more people are associated with such events, only then its full potential comes to the fore.


There is a centuries-old tradition of festivals, celebrations and fairs in our country. Through such festivals, not only our culture gets enriched, but the local economy too gets a tremendous boost. Events like the Sangai Festival attract investors and businesses as well. I am confident that this festival will become a powerful medium of such gaiety and development of the state in the future as well.

With this spirit, thank you very much everyone!