Samsung today launched its CSR program ‘Samsung Innovation Campus’ in India to upskill youth in future tech domains such as AI, IoT, Big Data and Coding & Programming, reiterating its commitment to being a strong partner of India and working alongside the Government in its mission to empowering the country’s youth and #PoweringDigitalIndia.
A Memorandum of Understanding to train the first batch of 3,000 less-privileged students across India was exchanged between Samsung and the Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) today in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and Information Technology said there is no deficit of talent in the country but an increased demand for talented & skilled Indians across the globe.
“Skilling should not be just about equipping the youth with employable skills but should act as gateways to employability and employment— as their Passports to Prosperity. The more employment-oriented skilling is, the more aspirational it will be for the students and young Indians. It is the vision of Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji that Digital Opportunities should be equitably be available to each and every Indian and efforts should be taken up not just with premier educational institutions but also with universities and institutes in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities,” he said.
Welcoming Samsung’s initiative with ESSCI to empower young Indians with skills, he said, “it was a true hallmark of being a good partner to India and the Indians.” He urged Samsung to headquarter their programmes in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to ensure skilling opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of students from these places.
Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO (Officiating CEO), National Skill Development Corporation, Mr. Amrit Manwani, Chairman, ESSCI, Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Founding Chairman, ESSCI and Dr. Abhilasha Gaur, COO (officiating CEO) ESSCI. Samsung was represented by Mr. Ken Kang, President and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia, Mr. Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung SWA and Mr. Partha Ghosh, Head, CSR, Samsung SWA.
Mr. Ken Kang, President and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia said, “Samsung has been in India for over 26 years now and is a committed partner in its growth story. We are aligned to the Government’s vision, and through Samsung Innovation Campus, want to empower the youth and create opportunities in future tech domains, giving a further boost to new India’s growth story.”