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July 15 – World Youth Skills Day

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Since 2014, 15th July is celebrated as World Youth Skills Day by United Nations. This day is being celebrated in order to highlight the fundamental rights of the youth.


Why this day is being observed?

A report says that, Young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults by three times and continuously open to

  • Lower quality of jobs,
  • Longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions and
  • Greater labor market inequalities.

Apart from this, women are more likely to be underestimated, underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or to work under short term contract basis jobs.

In order to address all these issues, UN marked July 15 as World Youth Skills Day to promote and develop the youth across the globe.

THEME – 2016

UN marked 2016 special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.” This theme is opted in order to understand the works needed to be given to the today’s and tomorrow’s youth to create a fruitful future for the upcoming youth by 2030.

Adding to the corrective measure, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is also launching the UN’s newly-adopted Strategy for TVET (2016-2021), which focuses on youth skills development in three priority areas:

  • Fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship;
  • Promoting equity and gender equality;
  • Facilitating transition to green economies and sustainable societies.

Aim of this celebration – In order to raise awareness of the importance of learning new skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under-employment and also acts as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for all youth.

About UN
♦ Name – United Nations
♦ HQ – New York
♦ Establishment – 1945
♦ Secretary General – Ban Ki Moon

“India Skills Competition”  – Exclusive cover of the Inaugural by the President

Lionizing the World Youth Skills Day, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the famous India Skills Competition on July 15 in New Delhi. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation) is hosting this world famous India Skills Competition.

What is India Skills Competition?

India Skills Competition serves as a platform where emerging professionals can display their workplace skills with utmost perfection and make India proud. It also helps the Indian Youth to promote excellence in skills and facilitate through cooperative action of educational institutions, industry and individual experts.

Apart from these, this competition creates a countrywide awareness, ownership and participation across various forms of skills. It helps the Indian Youth population to attain world class standards of competence, economic success and personal fulfillment.


Around 4,820 candidates have registered to participate in the competition.  The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Skill Development Corporation organizes ‘India Skills’ to select the best talent, who is going to lead India at the biennial World Skills International Competition, which is set to roll out at Abu Dhabi, Dubai in 2017.

It is noted that during the last event organized at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015, a pool of 29 candidates participated in 27 skills and won 8 medals of excellence for India.

This instance also marks the first anniversary of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India Mission’.  This mission is aimed to train over 40 crore Indian youth in different skills by 2022.