USISEC (US India Skills & Education Council)  members delegation visited Ministry of Skills & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, National Skills Development Corporation, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Government of Delhi, US Embassy & President of India’s office in India from July 20 – 24th, 2015. The delegation visit was intended to bring together the skills, training and technology community in the United States of America (USA), India to discuss the challenges and possibilities for collaboration as a part of Government of India and Prime Minister’s mission of Skilled India. Government of India aims to train over 40 crore (400 Million) people in India in different skills by 2022. The initiatives include National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme and the Skill Loan scheme.

USA delegation and Government of India officials discussed the details of setting up of “Center of Excellence” in India for workforce development in various sectors such as Healthcare, Information Technology, Management, Manufacturing, Construction, Renewable Energy, People with Disabilities, Aviation, Retail & Media/Entertainment. Setting up of finishing schools by US colleges in India was also discussed. Employability skills programs from Kelley Executive Partners, the executive education arm of Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA will be offered to higher education students at various universities & colleges in India as a part of skills development initiative. US Embassy and Government of India showed very keen interest in the project, and assured full support to the venture.

The delegation met with higher officials & Joint Secretary of Ministry of Skills & Entrepreneurship, CEO & MD of National Skills Development Corporation & his team, Deputy Chief Minister & his team at Delhi Government, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State & her team from US Embassy, President of India’s office, Officials at FICCI, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS, Mumbai, CEOs of Industry and Sector Skills Councils, and several other personnel from Government of India & Private Sector.

USISEC delegation comprised of Jiten Agarwal, CEO of Cambridge Education Development (CED), Houston Community College System Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Trustee Neeta Sane, Lone Star College System Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Linda Head, Subject Matter Expert Henry Der Antonian, Alamo College Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Sr. Director International Development, Carol Fimmen and Gautam Ghosh, Executive Director of Cambridge Education Development (CED). Prof John F. Cady, Executive Director of Kelley Executive Partners, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University met with officials at Government of India earlier.

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