• October 18, 2021

New Delhi, March, 2020: Lauding women achievers empowered by programs and initiatives of the Skill India Mission, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) marked International Women’s Week at an event in the capital today. Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Union Minister, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, was Chief Guest at the event attended by hundreds of women to celebrate stories of transformation, women who braved insurmountable odds to emerge as examples of the success of Skill India Mission.

Senior officials and dignitaries including Shri Praveen Kumar, Secretary, MSDE, Ms. JuthikaPatankar, Addnl Secretary, MSDE, Smt. Neelam, Shami Rao, Director General, DGT, Vinita Aggarwal, DG, NSDA, Ms. Anuradha Vemuri, Joint Secretary, Entrepreneurship, Vigilance, Economic & Policy) & CVO and Dr. Manish Kumar, CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) were part of the event that not only acknowledged women for their achievements but also for the impact they made on the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the country.

Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey handed out certificates to the winners of several competitions held especially for women across multiple trades and various programs initiated under Skill India Mission. Best from waste, webpage designing, short video making and debate competition are some of the categories in which the competitions were organised. 

Among the many inspirational stories of grit and strength were Farah Naaz, a beautician from Jan Shiksha Sansthan (JSS), Lata Parmar who trained at National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) and Rani, employed at Burger King. All these women narrated the hardships they had to overcome to rise above adverse circumstances and carve an identity for themselves. Farah, who was abandoned by her husband and her in-laws, trained as a beautician and now works in a salon, is raising her son with dignity. Lata, trained at National Skill Training Institute (NSTI), a personal secretary to the office of the Additional Director General (ADG) at PWD, New Delhi, and Rani, a beneficiary of the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), works full-time at Burger King.

Similar stories were narrated by Manisha Pal, who works at a financial service firm and Arti who trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) before she was placed with Max Hospitals. The 700-strong hall was moved and inspired by the stories of specially-abled Sitara and Janki who successfully warded off challenges to lead lives of dignity, and have become champions for inclusivity.

Lauding entrepreneurship among women, Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey, Honorable Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “I salute the spirit of women who have shown courage to come forward and made a difference to their lives and the lives of others. Women are torchbearers of our society and are an important cog in the nation’s march to economic development. I am honoured to have the opportunity to host such an impressive array of women achievers who through our skilling initiatives are helping drive aspirations among others. Through our programs, aspiring female professionals have started to take their rightful place in the workforce while inspiring their peers from heterogeneous backgrounds to come forth and become a force to reckon with. It is heartening to see women breaking traditional barriers and training in less conventional skills to make a mark globally. From traditional handicraft to new-age trades, women are progressing in every field and I look forward to many more women champions.”

The event was curated to raise awareness on various initiatives under the Skill India Mission and especially key programmes focused on women. Through the many programs of the training and skill development drive, MSDE seeks to increase the participation of women in the workforce. The Skill India Mission is committed to facilitate this by equipping women with market-relevant skills and lead them on a path of self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.

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