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Need to develop PPP to address societal challenges: BSDM chief

New Delhi: In a major push to utilise CSR for sustainable development of skills, Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM) brainstormed with corporate honchos, heads of CSR wings of PSUs to promote sustainable development of skills.

While addressing the conglomerate, BSDM Chief Executive Officer Deepak Kumar Singh said, "The concept of CSR is evolving. It's no longer an act of few people carrying out philanthropic activities, but is being increasingly seen as a medium of active cooperation between people, government and corporations."

"Skills development is a dynamic concept. We need to evolve the public-private partnerships to better address the challenges of current society in terms of unemployment, generation of livelihood opportunity, enhancement of skills in disadvantaged groups and develop the various model of upskilling and livelihood," said Singh, who is also Principal Secretary of labour Department in Bihar government.

The summit was a recent addition to the long list of initiatives being undertaken by Bihar's premier skill development agency to equip Bihar youth to make them industry ready.

In reply to a question as why the government is focusing on conventional skill training activities which would become redundant in the years to come, Singh told Millennium Post that initiating the dialogue with industry experts is a move to understand the requirement of the latest skill trends in the country.

"We want to create a force of trained manpower keeping in view the demand of the industry. The industry is the best platform to know about the kind of skill would be required in the coming years. Since artificial intelligence is emerging trend, so we have also moved in this direction and started training in artificial intelligence in the ITI centres of Jamui, Bhagalpur and Gaya," Singh said.

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