Hyderabad: Digitisation is percolating to all strata’s of society and for it to become successful new set of skills are needed, said experts at the Skills 2017 conference in Hyderabad on Thursday. Speaking at the fourth international conference on life skills and livelihood skills, Ravindra Vikram M, chairman, REEDS said, “In the face of technology we are all equal and if digitisation has to become realty then we need a new set of skills in the society. Businesses have realised that digital channels are the most effective ways to reach more people.”
Experts in the conference also called for skilling not only the urban population but also the rural people so as to make rate of adoption of technology shorter. “If we want to empower our rural population then it is important that skilling happens at grassroot level,” said Dr A Sailaja, officer on special duty, TASK. She also elaborated on the achievements of Telangana Academy of Skills and Knowledge (TASK) and its various initiatives and partnerships to provide skilling opportunities to youth.
The 4th series of Skills 2017 is aimed at leveraging the digital India programme for rural empowerment. The sessions aim at exploring the issues and challenges in extending the digital India campaign to be effective in influencing and empowering the rural population.
“The conference will explore the key issues of infrastructure investment, and skilling rural India with advanced 21st Century skills in agriculture, finance, health and education,” said Vikram.
Speaking about the government initiatives Dr K P Wasnik, additional commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare said, “Last year, we spent about Rs 3.5 crore to train 3,500 rural candidates by conducting 100 hours session. This year under the Krishi Vignan Kendra, State agriculture departments and others we have allocated Rs 17 crore for the training.”