-Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Women play an important role in development of families, communities and nations and quoted Gandhian scholar and educator, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir quote ‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family’. He was addressing the gathering after laying Foundation stone for the Regional Vocational Training Institute under the Government of India’s initiative, Skill India ‘Kaushal Bharat – Kushal Bharat’. The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Minister of Home, Labour and Employment, Telangana, Shri Naini Narsimha Reddy and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that with women constituting about 50 per cent of the country’s population, every effort has to be made to empower them economically, politically and in every other field. He further said that from Vedic times women were treated with respect and veneration in India referred Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, Durga, the Goddess of power and Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning in Indian Mythology. However, the respect accorded in ancient times to women has been missing in modern times and this contributed to lower literacy rates and lack of empowerment, he added.
The Vice President said that Indians have inherent talent and ability for entrepreneurship and what is needed is state-of-the-art training and upgradation of skills. He further said that with rising demand for skilled personnel in various fields, more such training institutes must be established through collaborative efforts of the government, industry and NGOs. An important aspect of any training or skilling programme is to ensure last mile connectivity, he added.