FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi              Venue:  Commission Room
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0845 – 0930 hrs Registration
1015 – 1200 hrs Inaugural Session
1015 – 1018 hrs Session Moderator
  Ms Shobha Mishra Ghosh,
Senior Director,
1018-1035 hrs Welcome and Theme Address
  Mr Mohan Das Pai,
FICCI Skill Development Committee,
Chairman Manipal Global Education
1035-1045 hrs Special Address
Mr Onno Ruhl
Country Director- India
The World Bank
1045-1100 hrs Showcase of initiative
  Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney
Sun Group
  Mr. Sanjay Vijaykumar,
Startup Village-Kerala
  Mr L R Sridhar,
Co-Founder,CEO & MD,
Connect India E-commerce Services Pvt Ltd
1100-1110 hrs Launch of New Initiative
  Mr Amit Jain,
Uber India
1110-1113 hrs Release of Knowledge Papers:
Launch of FICCI- NASSCOM Study
1113-1120 hrs Special Address
  Mr. R Chandrashekhar,
1120-1140 hrs Inaugural Address
Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy,
Union Minister,
Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
1140-1145 hrs Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Mr Bijay Sahoo,
Co-Chair, FICCI Skill Development Committee,
President-HR, Reliance Industries Ltd.
1145-1200 hrs Tea Coffee Break
1200-1220 hrs Keynote Address:

Dr. Bibek Debroy,
NITI Aayog, GoI

1220 – 1330 hrs

Re-engineering Skills Ecosystem  

Skill Ecosystem in India is divergent and vast covering 20 central ministry schemes with varying rate of success. With the introduction of the new Ministry for Skills and entrepreneurship two years ago, an attempt has been made to converge the skill development initiatives by various ministries and align it to the industry demand. The skill ecosystem is in evolving stage and continuously embracing the best practices from the various domestic successful schemes and international best practices. The session will examine the domestic & international best practices and deliberate on challenges and way forward for strengthening the Skill Ecosystem in India

Mr Rohit Nandan,
Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship*
Presentation by KPMG:

Mr Narayan Ramaswamy,
Partner & National Leader for Education
& Skill Development Sector,
KPMG in India

Ms Vandana Verma,
Programme Director,
IKEA Foundation
Mr Arthur Glattli,
Dy. Head, Training and Innovation,
Swissmem (Skillsonics)
Ms Meenakshi Nath,
Head of the Inclusive Growth and Investments Team, DFID India
  Dr. Darlie O. Koshy,
1330 - 1415 hrs Lunch
1415 - 1530 hrs

Future Skills: Technology, Jobs and Talent

Industry 4.0 is the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions: the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks; the emergence of analytics and business intelligence capabilities; new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented-reality systems; and improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3-D printing. An economically disruptive technology has the potential to create massive economic impact. Advanced robotics, for example, has the potential to affect $6.3 trillion in labour costs globally. Cloud technology has the potential to improve productivity across $3 trillion in global enterprise IT spending, as well as enabling the creation of new online products and services for billions of consumers and millions of businesses alike. The session will deliberate on the technological advancements in near future and its impact on labour market and skill set required.

Mr Amitabh Kant,
NITI Aayog
Keynote Address:

Mr Sharad Sharma,
Ispirt Foundation

Mr Rajesh Agrawal,
Joint Secretary & CVO,
Dr. Wilfried Aulbur,
Managing Partner- India,
Roland Berger
Mr. Amit Jain,
President- India,
Uber Technologies
Mr Venkatesh Valluri,
Chairman & Managing Director,
Valluri Technology Accelerators/
Valluri Change Foundation
Mr Bijay Sahoo,
Co-Chair, FICCI Skill Development Committee,
President-HR, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Mr L R Sridhar,
Co-Founder,CEO & MD,
Connect India E-commerce Services Pvt Ltd
Mr Arunkumar Pillai,
Executive Director ,
EY India*
1530-1535 hrs Health Break
1535 – 1705 hrs

Skills for Migration : Mobility

In a globalized economy, a large pool of skilled workers is indispensable for attracting foreign direct investment. The Key initiatives of Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat and Clean Ganga will be achieved only if there is highly developed skill ecosystem in the country.

Skill shortages can affect the productivity and growth of a business, delay projects, create ongoing vacancies, increase wage levels. The primary challenge faced by 76 per cent of Indian businesses is the shortage of technical or specific skills; India Inc takes an average of 96 days to recruit skilled workers. With manpower of 1.24 billion, it is ironic that we suffer from dearth of talent. Businesses would need to plug these skill gaps with people from outside the organisation as best they can. But in the longer term, they need to invest in internal training programmes to mould the people, as this would help them deliver on strategy, innovate and ultimately grow.

This session will deliberate on the ways to speed up the skill development transition through active industry engagement to achieve the aspiration of the society.

Mr Sushil Ramola,
Co-Founder & Chairman,
Keynote address:
Ms Panudda Boonpala,
Director- India,
Mr Manish Gupta,
Joint Secretary- Overseas Indian Affairs,
Ministry of External Affairs, GoI*
Mr Aishwarya Verma,
National Head, Skills,
Amity University
Mr Vasudeva M. Nayak,
Vice President and Group
Head of Global Mobility & Assurance
- Global Immigration at Infosys Ltd
Dr Meera Sethi,
Special Envoy to India,
International Organization for Migration
Ms Shallu Kakkar,
AVP-Recruitments Nursing and Allied Health,
1705-1715 hrs Tea/Coffee Break
1715 - 1845 hrs

Integration of Education with Skills

India's education system has had a distinct bias towards skills and government is now making efforts to integrate education with skill development. The current Indian education system does not lead to trained young people in employable skills who are open to immediate e employment opportunities. With current and expected economic growth, this problem i s expected to aggravate as more than 75% of the new job opportunities are expected to be skill-based. The session will discuss the successful models of skills integration with educations in the country and possible way forward for large scale integration.

1715 - 1730 hrs Keynote Address
  Mr Ashok Reddy,
CEO and Co-founder,
Teamlease Services Limited
  Mr. Mohandas Pai,
Manipal Global Education
  Mr Maneesh Garg ,
Joint Secretary (SE.L)
  Mr R. Subrahmanyam,
Additional Secretary (TE),
  Mr Manish Kumar,
  Ms. Shabnam Sinha,
Senior Education and Institutional Development Specialist,
The World Bank
  Dr. A.K Srivastava,
Vice President – Competency based Education, Amity University
  Mr Sanjay Vijaykumar,
Startup Village-Kerala




1845 – 1900 hrs Concluding Session
  Summing up and Vote of thanks
  Mr Mohandas Pai,
FICCI Skills Development Committee
  Mr Bijay Sahoo,
Co- Chair,
FICCI Skills Development Committee
  Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh,
Sr Director,
19:00 onwards Cocktail and Dinner