Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Ghumar Mandi organized its 3rd International Conference on “Developments through Skill and Innovations” on Feb15,2020.  More than 250 researchers from all across the country attended the conference and presented their research papers..Two  proceeding books with 150 selected papers on multiple streams raging from Computer Applications to Business Management, Commercial Arts , Food Technology , Tourism and Fashion World  were released during the event.

The day started with the lamp lighting ceremony .Dr SP Singh, former vice chancellor, GNDU and honorary general secretary of Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council(GKEC) , while presenting the inaugural address said that skill development is a policy matter where government, academic institutions and industry will have to put a unified effort to make it work.

Key note speaker Dr BS Hundal from University Business School, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar said that India is gradually moving towards a knowledge economy and this growth is possible only through matching the aspirations of the youth with the skills required to keep pace with developed economies. Skills not only prepare the youth for opportunities, but also create new avenues of career growth for them, he added further.

While addressing the delegates, Mr. Kamal Wadhera, CEO, TCY Learning Solution Pvt. Ltd said that skill training should be taken as a mission and its advantage should reach the masses both in urban as well as rural areas. He asserted that the youth should choose a skill set for themselves with respect to future needs.

Joint participation of the public and private sector can enhance skill development and employers should help people identify the requisite skills and provide expertise to bridge the gaps, he added.

Dr B.S. Bhatia, Pro- VC, RIMT University, Mandi Gobindgarh, and former registrar of Punjabi University, Patiala  presided over the Conference and said though India enjoys the demographic advantage of having the youngest workforce with an  average age of almost 29 years in comparison with the advanced nations, yet the percentage of skilled workforce in India is about 5% in comparison to these developed nations. Our young boys and girls, between the age of 20-24 years, lack formal employability skills. So, there is a need for quick and permanent reorganization of the skill development ecosystem. The academicians  must impart skills  necessary to suit the needs of the industry. 

The delegates, during the five technical sessions discussed in length about the needs and types of skills and trainings  required for the successful implementation of   new business idea, venture, product or service.

Dr. Harpreet Singh ,Principal GGNIMT said India has a potential to become the world’s largest Human resource capital but in order to achieve this we must impart our youth with the skills and trainings required to match pace  with developed economies.He emphasized on the needs of skill and innovations for development of youth and the country. He emphasized on making training as a part of curriculum at school and college level.

Prof. Manjit Singh Chhabra, Director, GGNIMT thanked the guests and appreciated the efforts of faculty and students saying  that innovative ideas and need of skills and trainings  discussed during the conference would stimulate and bring success to the youth  leading to better employment opportunities. Bhagwant Singh,S. Kuljit Singh ,S. Hardeep Singh and S. Arvinder Singh the esteemedGKEC members also marked their presence during the event.

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