From the compiler
Greetings from REEDS and me!
Ravi Kumar It is always a pleasure to proffer you with the UPDATE. The most exiting happening since last missive has been SKILLS2013 International Conference.
We have had a successful SKILLS2013 international conference in December 2013 at Hyderabad. This is the second of the series of conferences on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills addressing the issue of skills with a focus on the Challenges for International Cooperation. Thanks to the support from many quarters and across the borders, we were able to deliver a successful conference, yet again.
We are happy that through SKILLS2013 we were able to spur the idea of skill development among relevant stake holders and how international collaborations could ignite the deliveries innovatively, in faster mode and in scale. The conference report will soon be available on the website.
SKILLS2013 Conference
Dr SK Hajela, Member Conference Steering Committee; Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay, Former Director, NIEPA; Prof. KC Reddy Chairman, REEMAP; Mr. JC Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Labour, Employment & Training; and Ms. Kylie Bell Trade and Investment Commissioner-South Asia, Australian Trade Commission at SKILLS2013 Inaugural Session.
It is certainly a privilege and we feel honored that the symposium could attract a galaxy of distinguished gathering and drawn attention of many more globally! Our sincere tribute to such a support and encouragement could just be not enough with simple words of appreciation but could be only through developing action oriented approaches for the creation of the skilled human resource for societal transformation through employable and entrepreneurship skills. Post conference, we are on the job!
The productive and dynamic interactions at SKILLS2013 added sanguine to our engagement nationally and internationally in the area for the past few years. As an outcome of the SKILLS2013 conference reflections, the areas REEDS desire to manifest are: Care Skills, Skills for Agriculture & Rural Entrepreneurship, and Mining Skills.
 
We propound PPP initiatives to establish innovative incubators for development and facilitation of skills with focus on rural sector not merely as a job seeking enterprise but as a tool for empowerment. We are conscious that this significant effort to build up the skills particularly those we have chosen requires an extensive participation of pertinent alliances. We believe international cooperation and partnerships is critical as we address the massive challenge. We are fortunate for able to put these public-private and national-international alliances in place and expect all these partnerships would soon be formalized.
Ravi Kumar SKILLS2013 Conference success is the tribute to all of those who supported and make this happen. REEDS consider it a privilege to host this event and trust that all the participants gained insight and inspiration from the addresses and dialogues. I may not be able to list all those who supported, made contributions and worked for the event here but all of them are listed in the conference website www.skills2013.org. We would like to thank each of them for their contribution in making the conference successful and purposeful.
Ravi Kumar It gives me pleasure to share another SKILLS2013 concomitant. At SKILLS2013, Dr Richard W Oliver had in his special talk titled 'Billion Brains' presented compelling vision of one billion Indians educationally empowered to contribute to the Indian and world economies. Dr. Richard Oliver's essay 'Global Share of Brains' has been selected by McKinsey as the winning response in the context among the leading thinkers from around the world on the occasion of celebrating the release of their book 'Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower'.
In his current demonstration he reemphasizes his belief that India has the unique opportunity to empower a billion citizens and make them economically active and if it does rise, he opines, it will become the world's new storehouse of intellectual human capital. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Oliver for adding his voice to global conversation about what's shaping the nation's future and for his reasoning drawn international laurels.
Best regards and counting on your continued well wishes.
Ravi K Reddy
27 March, 2014
 
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