The Colombo Plan Staff College and the National Institute for Teacher's Technical Training and Research (NITTTR) Chandigarh, India joined hands in organizing three programs in one consolidated engagement namely: (1) Regional Program on Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation, (2) International Conference on Sustainable Skill Development: Challenges and Future Perspectives and (3) Special Program on "Young Business Leaders Program on Socially Responsible Business (SRB)". All events were held at the NITTTR Chandigarh Campus from February 15-20, 2016.
The 3-in-1 program aimed to provide resources, ideas and strategies to help those involved in the training and development to meet the learning needs of various institutions/organizations dealing with poverty alleviation.
The Regional Program (RP) was founded on the premise that specific approach is needed to deal with TVET skills for poverty alleviation in developmental challenges of meeting the needs today and in the future. The program invited 17 experts and administrators coming from 13 member countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, in addition to the local academic community and other invited guests from all over India. Themes discussed in the program included skills development for poverty alleviation schemes, social entrepreneurship, using ICT to alleviate poverty and employable TVET skills.
The RP was conducted to impart awareness on the initiatives of the Government of India on skills development for poverty alleviation and elicit appreciation for the significance of TVET skills in the context of poverty alleviation. The program also put forward integration of entrepreneurship mechanisms for addressing poverty alleviation and enable the formulation of TVET skills development initiatives through progressive programs and strategies. Action plans tackling poverty alleviation through TVET skills while demonstrating their knowledge on the dimensions, importance and relevance of socially responsible business practices were also developed during the program.
On the other hand, the international conference was held on February 18, 2016 in line with the Regional Program activities. A total of 350 participants coming from all over India, including the 17 regional program participants joined the event.
The program was inagurated by none other than His Excellency Baljami Dass Tandon, Honorable Governor of Chattisgarh State. Special guests of the conference included Shri Indesh Kumar, Social Reformer, Shri B.D. Mundhra, Chairman and Managing Director of Simplex Infrastructure Ltd., Kolkata and Dr. K.K. Talwar, Advisor on health and Medical Education, Government of Punjab.
The conference was divided into six plenary sessions which tackled: (1) Sustainable Skills Development, (2) Skills Development Strategies for Banking and Financial Services, Agriculture and Non-farm sector, (3) Skill Development Practices in Different Countries, (4) Skilling India: Infrastructure, Energy and Make in India, (4) NSQF, Community Colleges, B.Voc, Government Schemes for Skills Development and (6) Skilling India in IT, Telecom and Education.
The Young Business Leaders Program on Socially Responsible Business (SRB) for Asia Pacific Member Countries were organized on February 19-20, 2016 to further tap additional expertise in the field of social entrepreneurship in poverty alleviation. It solely focused on establishing a "socially responsible business" by exploring the roles of the public and private sectors and the presentation of cases from the invited member countries on their experience. Students and administrators from the field of entrepreneurship totaling to 109, were invited to the special program. The program was partly co-organized with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Punjab and Haryana States & Administrator, UT Chandigarh, India officially opened the program. Special addresses were given by the guests of honor namely: Mr. Kishor Kharat, MD/CEO, IDBI Bank Ltd., Mumbai and Dr. Masato Abe, Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP.
Overall supervision for the three programs was facilitated by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Acting Director General of Colombo Plan Staff College and Prof. Dr. M P Poonia, Director of NITTTR Chandigarh. Local coordination was made possible through the efforts of Prof. Dr. Suresh K Dhameja, Professor and Head, EDIC Department of NITTTR Chandigarh. The local experts tapped in this event include Prof. Dr. J S Saini, Professor of Rural Development and Dean, ESC, NITTTR Chandigarh and Dr. Sailendra Narain, Chair of Task Force on MSME and Entrepreneurship for Development and Business, UNESCAP, Bangkok. Ms. Casey Joan Alvarez, Training Officer of CPSC, also assisted in the program implementation of the program.