Jubilee Hills: The fourth international conference on life skills and livelihood ‘SKILLS 2017’ was inaugurated by Principal IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan here on Thursday. Ravindra Vikram, Chairman, REEDS Dr Ravi K Reddy, Secretary, Richard W Oliver CEO of American Sentinel University, and Dan Coholan, Vice-Chairman, RBC Wealth Management (Royal Bank), Toronto were present.
The series is aimed at leveraging the digital India programme for rural empowerment. Thematic sessions on digital infrastructure, education, prescription for rural health, digital agriculture, etc were discussed. Speaking on the occasion Dr Oliver said, “This conference features exceptional speakers with diverse expertise from India and around the world, but all concerned with the Digital India mission and the critical need for focus on the rural issues for skill training and development for that sector. India has the opportunity for global social, cultural, political and economic leadership, but it must empower its rural poor to achieve this. India will not achieve its leadership position unless it makes Digital India a reality for all Indians.
“Digital India is the biggest transformation initiative in world history. It portends a “big bang” for the world economy and if done correctly, it will thrust India to the central councils of the world. But it won’t happen unless rural India is an integral part of the transformation,” he said.
Dr Reddy added, “The objective of this conference is to identify and debate the opportunities and challenges associated with leveraging ‘Digital India Programme’ for creating life and livelihood skills that could facilitate rural income. The conference aims to propose initiatives for central, state and local government policies and programs in promoting and getting acceptability for digitisation and leverage it in order to achieve overall economic growth.
The program further targets to engage NGOs, social and business entrepreneurs, organisations to create suitable projects, commercial models, products, programmes and services to accelerate Digital India for sustainable rural economies.” “There is a need that we understand the issues faced by rural India and identify key areas were Digital India can play a pivotal role in accelerating the growth in rural areas by making them self-reliant,” he said.