Bihar skill development mission (BSDM) organized a summit -“Confluence of State Skill Mission and CSR for Sustainable Development of Skills” on 19th March, 2019 at India Habitat Center to create synergy between State Skills Mission and CSR wings of PSUs, Corporates for Sustainable Development of Skills.
One of the key objectives of the summit was to tackle the twin problem of channelizing and ensuring proper utilization of resources to bring sustainable change in the life of all youths of Bihar and to address the major challenges and its probable solutions to harmonize the relationship between corporate and government.
The summit was graced by many prominent attendees including Dipak Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Labor cum CEO, BSDM, G.K. Singh, Joint secretary, Ministry of corporate affairs and Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE).Also, representatives from several big PSU’s and corporates including Power grid, Indian Oil, Gail, NTPC, Microsoft India, HCL, Dabur, Usha Internationals and Jubilant Food Works were present for the summit.EY India, state project management unit of BSDM played a vital role in the successful execution of the summit.
Talking about the initiative, Dipak Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Labor cum CEO, BSDM 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. Just like that, skills development is also 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 disadvantage groups and develop various model of upskilling and livelihood. This can be learnt from one place to another and replicate with the help of CSR. This can only be done through Multi Stakeholder engagement with quality inputs, assistance from stakeholder and by sharing resources, building blocks on new / innovative models and adopting best practices.”
One of the representatives from CSR wing of IOCL said “We had a fruitful discussion with BSDM officials. We deeply appreciate their efforts to bring a new dimension to the whole gamut of CSR activities being undertaken by private entities in Bihar and beyond. We are currently running a CSR program in conjunction with IOCL Begusarai. But there’s lot of potential to grow. We suggested Bihar govt. and BSDM to create a central portal where we can get information on every governmental schemes at one place. We are also working with the government to create a central repository of students so that it becomes easy for us to choose our plans. Intervention for local support, easy mobilization and reducing duplicity of efforts are some of the other issues which need a relook. We are assured of a positive response and are expecting a major policy intervention in Bihar.”
Bihar Skill Development Mission (BSDM) is the nodal agency in Bihar, which is working with the vision to increase the capacity and capability of the system to deliver quality skill training and knowledge to the youths of Bihar to enhance their employability.