New Delhi: Media and Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) organized the third chapter of ‘Manthan – Impeccable Academia’ an academia meet on Wednesday, 18 December, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, at the inaugural speech had said, “Skills education forms the backbone of development of any nation, which helps cultivate skilled youth and workforce which is the need of the hour. India’s young population is its most valuable asset and dominates 54% of the population.”
Also present at the event were filmmaker and MESC Chairman Subhash Ghai; Subba Rao, Sr. Economic Advisor, Ministry of HRD; and Mohit Soni, Chief Executive Officer – MESC.
Sharing his views, Subba Rao said, “Universities have a responsibility to fulfill and reinvent themselves and their structures to meet student expectations. Along with the universities, we also have a responsibility to make sure that the youth receives opportunities to explore careers in different industries, and to have those universities must meet the ever changing needs of the industry in curricula. MESC is inculcating these skill development courses in degree education to create and train future industry leaders.”
Speaking on the occasion, Subhash Ghai said, “The Film industry alone employs 72 vocational skill workers. Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship have brought us on a platform to meet the changing needs of the media and entertainment industry.”
Addressing the delegates, Mohit Soni said, “The media & entertainment industry is growing at an exponential rate but at the same time it is grappling with many skill development challenges, including a huge supply-demand gap both in terms of quality and quantity of workforce. Our focus is to create entrepreneurs, who in turn will create jobs bridging the existing job gap in this fastest growing industry. At this edition of Manthan, we have signed MoUs with more than 50 institutes and universities to make media and entertainment industry courses available with their curriculum. We are hopeful that in the coming year we will have more than 100 partner institutes across the region.”
The Ministry of Human Resource & Development along with MESC has developed specialized employment oriented Bachelor Courses: B.Sc. Animation & VFX, BSc. Performing Arts and B.Sc. Film Making.
The Universities concerned are empowered to take up these courses through their colleges, autonomous colleges are readily empowered and other colleges can take up these courses with their University approval.
Earlier this year, MHRD-MESC organized two Manthan chapters in Hyderabad and Mumbai. The Hyderabad and Mumbai chapters saw the participation of over 400 academicians, senior management professionals from various universities, and colleges. In addition to this, it also saw more than 15,000 livestreams on Vidyadaan.
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