New Delhi, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship announced the appointment of Mr A M Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
One of the most influential business leaders in the country, Mr Naik brings over 50 years of meritorious experience in the infrastructure, engineering and construction sectors. The appointment of Mr Naik as Chairman of NSDC underscores the importance attached by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to skill development.
As the Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed skilling brings a sense of self confidence to the poor.
Matching job creation with industry demand is the key to end unemployment. It is envisaged that in the future, India will be the biggest supplier of workforce to the world.
Currently the Group Chairman of India's biggest engineering and construction conglomerate – Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Mr Naik is one of the most respected management professionals in the country. His years of successful stewardship have resulted in building L&T as one of the strongest global businesses.
Making the announcement, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan expressed, “Mr Naik epitomises core values of a successful leader - strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to the success of any development initiative in today's economy.
'His standing in the community of industrial leaders will strongly enhance the industry connect. His vast experience will take NSDC to greater heights. I am confident that this organisation under his leadership, apart from its engagement in executing skilling modules, should also be a think tank providing direction and necessary guidance for creating a demand based skilling ecosystem in the country.'
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Naik said, “NSDC has developed a unique model combining skill development with strong industry partnerships. I am pleased at this opportunity to contribute towards our common vision of a high skill, high value added economy that offers opportunity to all.”
NSDC MD & CEO Manish Kumar added, “NSDC is privileged that Mr. Naik, a person with such vast knowledge and experience, is onboard as the Chairman of the organisation. We believe that his business leadership and experience will powerfully steer NSDC in its next phase of growth.”
In his remarkable career spanning over five decades, Mr. Naik has won many accolades. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country, according to an official statement here on Wednesday.