The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new academic block of Intensive Khadi & Rural Development Centre (IKRDC) in memory of his wife, late Suvra Mukherjee at Kirnahar, West Bengal.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that majority of our population will increasingly be in the working age group in the coming years. To tap this demographic dividend and to bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce, it is essential to equip our youth with necessary skills through proper training of good quality. He stated that the new academic block of IKRDC would help contribute in providing training to a larger number of people in the rural areas. Apart from the importance of providing training, the President also stressed on the need for interaction with industry and establishing linkages with the market and local institutions.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Abhijit Mukherjee, Member of Parliament and Chairman of IKRDC and Satya Pal, Deputy CEO (Eastern Zone), Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).