National Seminar on “Impact of Current Government Policies on Employment”

A national seminar on Impact of Current Government’s Policies on Employment was held today in Punjab Engineering College, conducted by Centre of Management and Humanities (CMH) in collaboration with Centre of Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Mr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, MD Scott Edil Group, said how essential it was to link the industry needs with the academics and to be prepared for hard work. “The Reward of work is more work”, said he, while outlining the steps that can be taken within Skill India and Digital India to generate employment.

The keynote speaker Dr. Ashwin Johar, Chairman of Foreign Investment Promotion and NRI Cell, Haryana Government, said that as the population increases, our resources will diminish and the competition will increase. So one needs to be perfect in what one is doing and utilize resources to the optimum for job growth and employment.

Illustrating the steps being taken at PEC to orient students in entrepreneurial skills, Dr. Manoj K. Arora, Director of PEC suggested to reduce industry academia divide. The industry can actually set up certain extensions of their project and models to provide access to the students to get the real life experience just as medical colleges have hospitals where students actually get the real life experience. In fact the representatives from industry can teach a small section of the courses.

The highlight of the day, the Panel Discussion, was anchored by Dr. Subhash Sharma, Director, CEPR. He started the discussion with stating some facts on present job scenario and statistics related to India’s ranking at the global level. Mr. Dinesh Dua, CEO, Nectar Life Sciences Limited, spoke about how Make in India dream was being lived in the pharmaceutical sector in the form of substantial exports. Rajeev Ranjan, a senior journalist focused on the low job security and diminishing jobs in manufacturing sector. He also spoke on jobless growth, i.e. business and economy are expanding, but jobs are decreasing day by day.

Prof. V.K. Nangia, IIT Roorkee, stressed that policies declared should be supervised with respect to the provision of adequate funds. He cited that the Ministry of Skill Development needs to be more adequately funded. The panel discussion was followed by the Q/A Session, in which students raised questions on Mudra Yojna, employment generation, better education quality, etc.

Dr. Sharda Kaushik, Head CMH remarked how some of the policies like Skill India were geared towards empowering women and that women were ready to become the agent of change and development. 

Later in the day, three technical sessions were held where papers were presented by faculty and research scholars from various colleges and universities of north India. The sessions were headed by renowned Chairpersons from different fields of the academia and industry. Mr. Sudhendu Bali presented a summary of the National Seminar and delivered Vote of Thanks which was followed by distribution of certificates to the organizers and the participants. The National Seminar concluded on a successful note which witnessed a footfall of more than 350 participants.

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