India needs to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset with efficacy. Skill development institutions and educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities need to collaborate to create a positive environment of skill learning and skill promotion. Meeting is focused on creating a broad outline and over the course of 15 days, close interactions will be held to share and exchange ideas between schools and institutions. This initiative will attempt to start 5 Cohorts in Jaipur. This was stated by Director (Skill Education & Training) C.B.S.E., Dr Biswajit Saha. He was addressing a meeting with 15 schools and colleges to give impetus to skill development as per the requirements of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The programme was held at The Banquet Hall in City Palace under the aegis of Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF).
Member of Princess Diya Kumari Foundation and Executive Trustee, M.S.M.S.II Museum, Ms Rama Datt said that when one learns a skill they do not forget it. One cannot unlearn a skill and can re-use it throughout their lifetime. PDKF is very pleased to coordinate with various institutions to initiate this pilot programme. PDKF began with the objective of women empowerment. During the Covid times, PDKF also engaged in community services and distributed food packets, masks, oxygen concentrators, etc.
Founder-Director, Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Ms Anju Pascal Chazot said that it is important to understand the context in which people are learning skills. Everything should be taught through arts. The gender hierarchy between arts and sports needs to be dissolved. Modules like block printing, blue pottery, etc. should be created for which Jaipur is known as a hub. A ‘Makers Festival’ should be organised in Jaipur. This will be a national festival where teachers will get a sense of the vibrancy and status of learning.
Director (Education), City Palace, Mr Sandeep Sethi said that the Jaipur schools will take up 5 subjects namely – handmade papers, block printing, blue pottery, food and media. They will prepare manuals on these subjects for classes 6 to 8.
The meeting was also attended by several industrialists and NGOs who shared short presentations highlighting collaborating opportunities and activities with schools. Some of these presentations included – 3D printing and AI, kitchen skills, introducing school-level craft degree, how an entrepreneur can be a part of the school curriculum, lean business model canvas, sports skills, IT skills, and much more. Later, the vote of thanks was delivered by Principal, The Palace School, Jaipur, Ms Urvashi Warman.