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Skilled youth and workforce is the need of the hour: MHRD

December 19, 2019

Media and Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) organised the third chapter of ‘Manthan- Impeccable Academia” academia meet on Wednesday, December 18, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.

Earlier this year, MHRD-MESC organised two Manthan chapters in Hyderabad and Mumbai. The Hyderabad and Mumbai chapters saw participation of over 400 academicians, senior management professionals from various universities and colleges each. In addition, it also saw more than 15,000 live streams on Vidyadaan.

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource and Development, Government of India, at the inaugural speech said, “Skills education forms the backbone of development of any nation, which helps cultivate skilled youth and workforce which is the need of the hour.  India’s young population is its most valuable asset and dominates 54% of the population. It also has a history of being the world leader in education, to put our vision and mission to create a better-skilled population for future, the work MHRD and MESC are doing is commendable. I would like to extend my congratulations and gratitude to MESC which under the leadership of Mr. Ghai is truly promoting the Guru-Shishya culture through Vidyadaan.”

Also present at the event were Renowned Filmmaker, Educationist, and Chairman MESC Subhash Ghai;  Subba Rao, Sr. Economic Advisor, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India; Amit Behl, Indian Theatre, Television and Film Actor; Manvendra Shukul, CEO – Lakshya Digital Studios; Ashish Kulkarni, Founder, Punnaryug Artvision Pvt. Ltd.; Nilesh Thomas, Head of Business Development, The True School of Music; Mr. Chaitanya Chinchlikar, CTO – Whistling Woods International and  Mr. Mohit Soni, Chief Executive Officer – MESC.

Speaking on the occasion, Subhash Ghai, Renowned Filmmaker, Educationist, and Chairman-MESC, said, “Film industry alone employs 72 vocational skill workers. Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship have brought us on a platform to meet the changing needs of the media and entertainment industry.  Along with creating a skilled youth, MESC is also dedicated to creating future leaders by providing them a platform like Vidyadaan to train the youth holistically.”

Addressing the delegates, Mohit Soni, CEO, MESC, said, “Media & Entertainment Industry is growing at an exponential rate but at the same time it is grappling with many Skill Development Challenges including a huge supply-demand gap both in terms of quality and quantity of workforce. Our focus is to create entrepreneurs, who in turn will create jobs bridging the existing job gap in this fastest growing industry. At this edition of Manthan, we have signed MoUs with more than 50 institutes and universities to make media and entertainment industry courses available with their curriculum. We are hopeful that in the coming year we will have more than 100 partner institutes across the region.”

MANTHAN is focused on a plethora of opportunities available in the Media and Entertainment Industry. It’s highlighting the possibilities of Association between Media and Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) and participating in esteemed Academic Institutions, colleges & universities. The Ministry of Human Resource & Development along with MESC has developed specialized employment-oriented Bachelor Courses as BSc. Animation & VFX,BSc. Performing Arts and B.Sc. Film Making.

The Universities concerned are empowered to take up these courses through their colleges, autonomous colleges are readily empowered and other colleges can take up these courses with their University approval. 50 +Colleges/ Universities, signed the MoU with MESC for making the specialized courses for the students at the event including Directorate of higher education, Government of Uttarakhand, Hansraj College, Khalsa College, Tripura University, Sharda University, GD Goenka University, Jain University and many more.

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