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City celebrates World Youth Skills Day with a ‘skills festival’

With a focus to develop skills and provide an exposure into the different career avenues, a skill fest had been organised by the university to commemorate the day.

pune Updated: Jul 16, 2017 14:24 IST
Ananya Barua
Former Indian Hockey Captain Danraj Pillay plays cricket at the skills festival organised by Symbiosis on Saturday.
Former Indian Hockey Captain Danraj Pillay plays cricket at the skills festival organised by Symbiosis on Saturday.(HT PHOTO)

On the 2nd anniversary of the World Youth Skills Day on July 15 as declared by the United Nations, many youth assembled at a skills festival held at the Symbiosis Skills and Open University.

With a focus to develop skills and provide an exposure into the different career avenues, a skill fest had been organised by the university to commemorate the day.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Swati Mujumdar, principal director said, “Everybody has some skill, some passion, but that is easier said than done. How do we recognise that and go ahead, is the main concern. Once realised, you can start developing those skills right from the first year of college. So, to celebrate World Youth Skills Day, apart from food and fun, we wanted to do something different like giving exposure to the youth and let them know that there could be a career option from their passion or skill.”

“For instance, in terms of automobile engineering, some child might say they like to be around cars, but to understand what you actually want to become, do you want to design cars, photograph them, write about them, or even repair them. An event like this opens them up to the different opportunities so that we can then take from there and help them hone their skills.We want to help understand the different avenues that lie in every field, and train you to be job ready for it,” she added.

The event, held at the Kiwale campus, saw a set of activities lined up for the youth. From an auto fest with riding facility for Harley Davidson motorcycles, four-wheeler test drives, demonstration of e-rickshaws, exposure to skill laboratories, to makeover booths by Enrich Beauty Academy. Further, to develop an informal interaction with skilled industry individuals, professionals from various fields, like Dhanraj Pillay, ex-hockey captain, actress Deepti Shrikant, celebrity chef Parag Kanhere were among those present at the event.

Vishal Chordia, entrepreneur and director of Suhana Pravin Masalewale, and a Symbiosis alumnus, was also present as the chief guest. “During my MBA, I had often faced this dilemma between a full-time course design and a business opportunity. A skill oriented platform is very much needed in India, to correlate academics with industry needs and practical knowledge so that both can contribute to each other,” he said.