Foundation stone laid for Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat


Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India in collaboration with Government of Gujarat and Tata Education Development Trust (TEDT) laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on 15th January 2020. The campus will be set up in 20 acres of land in Nasmed, Gandhinagar and it will empower 5000 youth annually, with 70% placement. Providing the much-needed industry support to accelerate skilling in India, Tata Education Development Trust (TEDT) will invest in the project to build a campus that aims to bring best-in-class infrastructure and facilities. The event was graced by Shri. Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs as the Chief Guest and my dignitaries from the industry and the government.

Objectives of setting up Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Gandhinagar

  • Make the youth employable and industry ready as per the evolving demands of the global market
  • Build world-class skill training centres in line with the centres equipped with world-class vocational training facilities and repute
  • Provide advanced skills in highly specialized areas like defence, aerospace, oil and gas and other emerging business domains to meet the requisite industry demands
  • Make vocational training aspirational for the youth by being one of the premier institutes in the country
  • Facilitate learnings and trainings through strong industry connect in both public and private sectors.

The courses in this institute will include modern training methodologies using digital and augmented learning platforms. It is also an important step towards promoting apprenticeship-embedded courses and offering higher order qualifications leading up to certificates, diplomas and even degrees in conjunction with universities. The smart tools will accelerate the business of tomorrow with smart content and modularized curriculum, smart delivery and pedagogy enabled by technology, experiential learning and outside-in approach to skill development.

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The landmark event was graced by the eminent dignitaries like Shri. Vijay Ramniklal Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat; Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Shri Nitin Bhai Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, Gujarat; Shri. RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy and MoS, MSDE; Shri. Ratan Tata, Former Chairman of Tata Sons; Shri Dilip kumar Viraji Thakor, Minister of Labour and Employment, Gujarat Government; Shri Anil Mukim, Chief Secretary, Gujarat Government; Shri Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Tata Sons; Mr. AM Naik, Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation & Group Chairman, Larsen & Toubro Limited; Shri Praveen Kumar, Secretary, MSDE along with other senior officers of MSDE and Gujarat Government.

foundation_stone_laid_for_indian_institute_of_skills_iis_in_gandhinagar_gujaratSignificance of Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in making skilling aspirational

While laying the foundation stone, Shri. Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs said, “Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Gandhinagar makes the ethos of Skill India stronger and will help achieve the vision of our Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi of making India the skill capital of the world. Our population of 130 crore has maximum number of youth which also makes us the youth capital of the world. It is the power of the nation’s skilled youth which will drive India to become a $5 trillion economy if their capabilities are channelized in the right direction. I extend immense gratitude towards the Government of Gujarat, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Tata Education Development Trust for joining the Skill India Mission. The collaboration will gradually transform the state’s youth from job seekers to job givers.”

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “Our honorable Prime Minister has taken forward the vision of Shri. Mahatma Gandhi of making the country’s youth independent and self-sustained with Skill India Mission. The aim of setting up these state-of-art infrastructure is to provide outstanding technical and vocational learning in various sectors. This will further raise the aspirations, develop skills and change lives of millions of youth in the country. It will aspire to earn a similar reputation and stature as world-class global institutes of skilling catering to the demands of the international market and modern requirements. The IIS would not only provide certificate program in higher order skills, but would also offer a two-year diploma course, or an advanced diploma course. The majority of courses offered would be apprenticeship-embedded courses to ensure better industry-employer connect and improved future employment potential.”

Shri Vijay Ramniklal Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, expressed “Gujarat has been a significant contributor to India’s GDP. With IIS Gandhinagar, an institute envisioned after the world-class institutions like IIT and IIM a new impetus will be given to the state’s skilling ecosystem. I deeply thank our honourable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Bhai Modi, Union Home Minister, Shri. Amit Shah and Skill Development Minister, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey. Gujarat is at the forefront of employment generation in the entire country and has created 86 percent of the total employment. Training is required according to the new technologies and trends, so that the youth of Gujarat can become job providers from job seekers. Keeping in mind the pace of development in Gujarat, IIS is a great step in the direction of skill development. The institute will contribute significantly in realizing the ‘New India’ concept of honourable Prime Minister and will extend all possible support to this institute on behalf of the state government.”

Shri. Ratan Tata, Former Chairman of Tata Sons, said “The institute will offer students the latest in training facilities and on-the-job training. Students will be exposed to modern training methodology and tools including simulators, virtual learning and augmented learning platforms. Investing in skill development is imperative. As we know what are the skills required for the future of jobs, it is time to build reskilling, upskilling and deep-skilling as part of our country’s growth strategy. The laying of the foundation stone for IIS Gandhinagar is but one step closer to achieving that. I only hope that if I was twenty years younger, I would have more actively participated in this landmark vision. This vision of skilling the youth of the country in market-relevant skills is surely taking India forward while making mark on the global landscape”

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