15 July: World Youth Skills Day
The World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) was on 15 July 2015 observed globally for the first ever time. The day was observed under the theme Youth skills for work and life in the post-2015 agenda. The theme is in line with the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
To mark the day, the United Nations organized several events at UN Headquarters in Bonn (Germany), New York (USA), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and elsewhere.
The World Youth Skills Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 11 November 2014. The Assembly designated 15 July as the World Youth Skills Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
World Youth Skills Day in India
In India, to mark this day, the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched the SKILL INDIA Campaign. The ministry rolled out the flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana (PMKVY).
Moreover, PM Narendra Modi launched the National Skill Development Mission. He also unveiled the new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015.
A Model Skill Loan Scheme was also launched where loans from 5000 rupees to 1.5 lakh rupees will be available to more than 34 lakh youth of India who seek to attend skill development programmes in the next five years.
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