PUNE: The Symbiosis Skill Centre (SKC) of the Symbiosis Skills and Open University was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Kiwale campus, Pune, on Wednesday.
Symbiosis President & Founder SB Mujumdar and Symbiosis Open Education Society (SSOU) Principal Director Swati Mujumdar were present.
The university was established in May 2017. Almost 300 students have enrolled in just one month from the commencement of operations of this university.
Speaking on the occasion, Fadnavis said, “Skill development is the need of the hour. We have a rich demography and should convert it into our resources through skilling which will enhance global economy.”
“The countries which have taken advantage of demographic dividend have progressed. Now, it is the turn of India. Our country has taken cognisance and aspirations are being addressed which have led to social and economic development,” he said.
“We need more thinkers, innovators who can put ideas into practice. We need more flexibility and know market demands so that we can provide it with skilled youths and human resource for our country as well as for the international market. It is the convergence, where academicians and industry are forging an alliance,” said Fadnavis.
Mujumdar said, “Skill development is an important driver for the industrial and economic growth of India. India is the youngest country in the world and to reap the advantages of the demographic dividend, we must provide our youths with skills and encourage them to enter the world of work.”
“Students hesitate to join vocational education because of lack of vertical mobility and social acceptability. But the industry does not have skilled manpower and there is large-scale unemployment amongst educated youth. To bridge the gap, this university was established,” he added.