India today stands at crossroads and as we try to transition from a developing economy to a developed one, from a soft power to an influential one we face challenges unprecedented and none bigger than that of managing and channelizing in the right direction the huge demographic dividend that we have in the form of the largest segment of our population being comprised of the young people. We need to create new jobs and more than just jobs we need to create an environment which ensures a workforce skilled to manage more than just one job, a workforce capable of transitioning between different jobs, a workforce willing to move forward with newer environments of development. India’s current skilling capacity stands at 3.4 million people per year while over 12 million people join the workforce every year. Little surprise then that just over 92 per cent of our workforce is engaged in unorganised labour. We need a capacity of 15 million to reach our targets. We need better assessment mechanisms. We need to develop a more robust certification system. We need to involve international agencies to participate in overcoming what is possibly the greatest skilling challenge in the history. And to top it all we need a friendlier environment supported by a steadfast policy paraphernalia. The good news is that we are not the first ones to try skill development. There are a number of models that exist and countries that have tried different strategies with varying degree of success. And we may have a lot to learn from their experiences.
This skill development innovations report is targeted at improving the policy dialogue and increasing the intellectual debate on the issue of providing vocational education to the largest demographic segment of the country – the youth. The report covers the experiences in skill development of Singapore, Korea, China, Germany, France, Australia and Brazil and describes various policy initiatives that may be worth considering in our goal to reach the target of 500 million skilled people by 2022.
Y20 Summit Russia 2013 is major youth event of the year which will be held on the 18th to 21st June, 2013 in St. Petersburg as part of the official program of Russia's G20 presidency.
Y20 Russia 2013 is a youth summit that will bring together the brightest young people from the G20 countries to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders' Summit. The agenda of the Y20 Russia 2013 will be drafted by the participants in advance during preliminary talks on the Y20 website. Major result of the Summit will be adoption of the Final Communiqué, which will be presented to the G20 leaders in September 2013.The Y20 Russia 2013 delegates will also be invited to participate in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, a major global economic and business event. The Y20 Russia 2013 Summit is the official G20 youth event held under Russian G20 Presidency alongside with G20 Leaders’ Summit
Call for Indian Delegation to the G20 Y Summit 2013
Youth for Policy & Dialogue (YPD) is India’s First Think Tank of Young People. It joined the IDEA network in 2009 and has since been sending an Indian delegation to the annual G8&G20 Youth Summits. YPD is the only official Indian partner of the IDEA Network and will be recruiting the Indian delegation in collaboration with Government of India (Ministry of Finance).
Who can apply: Any Indian citizen between the ages of 16 to 30 is eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: 31st March 2013
Details: Attached is a Frequently Asked Question document which should answer most of your questions. Once you have CAREFULLY READ through the FAQ section please go ahead and fill the online form.
This document was commissioned as part of a response to the Justice Verma Committee the terms of which suggest that it needs input on "possible amendments in the criminal laws and other relevant laws to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women"
This submission is divided into two parts: Legal Recommendations and Administrative Recommendations. We are hopeful that the Committee will find this document of good use and incorporates as many recommendations for the final submission.
Report Preparation: This Report was prepared by Abhinav Harlaka, Bhanu Joshi, Vivek Jain and Shashank Shekar Rai.
Funding: The organization did not receive any funding whatsoever for the preparation of this report. It was a voluntary exercise undertaken at the personal expenses of the writers.
By Bhanu Joshi
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on her second visit to India, though the first one after she took over as the Prime Minister. Visiting in 2009, she was described as the ‘silver lining’ in Kevin Rudd’s cavalcade which critics believe was a visit that demanded more than the mere scaling up of India-Australia relationship to a ‘strategic one’. Rudd’s trip to India was in the background of an outburst of so-called "curry bashings" of Indian students in Melbourne and the archaic position of the Labor party on non supply of uranium to India which was and continues to be a non signatory to the NPT.
All is not well this time round as well.
India still holds grievances on non supply of uranium, displayed in Manmohan Singh’s absence at the CHOGM in Australia last year. Ever since, Gillard has able to change the party’s position on supply of uranium but it is considered to be too late and too little with India already securing nuclear material supply from eight countries including Russia and Canada.
The number of Indian students going to Australia has steeply declined with 26.8% less students in 2011 from 2010. Critical to note that this decline is the largest among Indian students compared to other nationalities in spite of Australian constant effort to appear as a non racist society.
The COP 11 on the Convention on Biological Diversity is set to begin on the 8th October , 2012 on Monday. The three canditates selected by Youth for Policy and Dialogue are gearing up to attend the Conference. Read more about them below..
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