A week-long celebration, that kicked off on August 8, will bring a melange of views on a single platform, so as to promote informal interactions that will enable stakeholders to participate, collaborate and leverage each other’s knowledge and experience.

Common platform

The India@75 event envisions how India should be in her 75th year of independence, and seeks to bring together all stakeholders including the industry, government, institutions, community groups and individuals.

The event, promoted by the CII, aims at an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by 2022.

The late CK Prahalad has been the inspiration behind India@75. While commemorating India’s 60th year of independence, on Sep 23, 2007, during the Incredible India@60 commemoration in New York City, he articulated the idea of development through economic might, technological vitality and moral leadership by 2022.

Adi Godrej, Past President CII and Chairman, India@75 Foundation, at a function in Mumbai, said the event has “uniquely positioned itself so as to make innovative interventions for bridging gaps in the endeavours of the government, industry and private players for skill development, entrepreneurship and employment generation.”

S Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and National Skill Development Council (NSDC), pointed out that in order to meet the aspirations “of the youth and to realise our full potential, we have to be ready with a skilled and talented human pool. To skill India is a national imperative and India@75 must make it happen.”

Focus points The week began with a confab in Mumbai on ‘Building an inclusive India-Harnessing the Demographic Dividend’. The confab focused on the need for action in the various elements of India@75, and deliberated on some of the positive powers that need to be nurtured in making the event a movement and help India become a developed nation by 2022.

Rajan Navani, Chairman, CII Council on India@75, added in a statement that besides skill development and vocational training, there was a need to create synergy in higher education curriculum to ensure graduates are industry ready.

“Besides working on pilots for adult urban illiterates, India@75 has also been working towards introduction of experiential learning,” he added.

Various programmes are being planned to get the message across to society, while social media platforms will connect citizens with the movement.