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Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur delivers key note address as part of the programme

X Billion Skills Lab Founder Samyak Chakrabarty and Dream Sports CEO and Cofounder Harsh Jain reminded the importance of bridging gaps through 21st Century Skills

Mumbai, NFAPost: X Billion Skills Lab (XBLS), a leading 21st-century skills development enterprise, has partnered with AT Skills Hub, a platform to bridge the gap between youth and the industry, and is set to introduce 21st-century skills to lakhs of youth across Himachal Pradesh.

To launch this initiative, a dialogue on “21st Century Skills: Your Key to Success” was hosted with participation from over 1 lakh youth from across the state.

The keynote address was delivered by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur in conversation with the Dream Sports (Dream11; India’s first sports tech unicorn) CEO and Cofounder Harsh Jain.

The dialogue was hosted by X Billion Skills Lab Founder Samyak Chakrabarty who is listed in Forbes Asia as one of the most influential young entrepreneurs.

In an environment where rote-tasks are gradually being automated and companies are chasing exponential growth, employers are now demanding smart generalists who can deliver outcomes outside of their technical or theoretical competence.

Whether the candidate is a coder or an accountant – proficiency in skills such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, storytelling, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and remote communication is becoming essential.

In fact, the World Economic Forum ranks these amongst the top 10 job skills of the future, and the government of India’s new national education policy lays special emphasis on them.

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur

speaking at the function, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur said there is a growing youth population in the state of Himachal today and he is keen to enable them with 21st-century skills for them to be better equipped for the dynamic and evolving digitised workplace.

“Keeping this in mind I am looking forward to seeing AT Skills Hub and X Billion Skills Lab take their unique platform to the youth of Himachal and get them ready for the 21st-century workplace. Under PM Sh. Narendra Modi’s leadership we will transform India into the world’s largest skilled workforce,” said Anurag Thakur.

In order to enable the youth in the state of Himachal Pradesh to succeed in the new world of work, XBSL and AT Skills Hub will offer access to a 21st-century skills accelerator through a proprietary e-learning platform that will include animated modules, masterclasses with over 50 CEOs, psychometric assessments and even job access.

Anurag Thakur has been spearheading various noble initiatives aimed at the welfare of society. Right from healthcare, skill development, sports engagement, exposure tours for the youth and many more such initiatives have been undertaken that have been very well received by the stakeholders.

Dream Sports CEO and Cofounder Harsh Jain and Billion Skills Lab Founder Samyak Chakrabarty

Expressing his views at the webinar, Dream Sports CEO and Cofounder Harsh Jain said for today’s youth in a rapidly evolving workplace, it is essential to add soft skills like adaptability, persistence, and collaboration to a strong academic foundation.

“An entrepreneurial mindset, digital savviness and ability to constantly experiment, fail and learn, are must-haves to be a part of the flourishing start-up ecosystem in India,” said Harsh Jain.

Moderating the webinar, X Billion Skills Lab Founder Samyak Chakrabarty said as growing digitisation and automation gradually take up rote tasks performed by humans in the workplace, 21st-century workplace skills are an opportunity for everyone to apply our creative and critical thinking abilities to innovate for India.

“We are excited to partner with AT Skills Hub to take this exposure to the far corners of India”, said Samyak Chakrabarty.

About AT Skills Hub:

AT Skills Hub is an interface between candidates & industry to bridge the gap between requirement and aspiration, and thus make the youth of Himachal Pradesh industry-ready.

About X Billion Skills Lab

Founded in 2017, X Billion Skills Lab aims to enhance employability for youth in the age of artificial intelligence by training school & college students in 21st-century workplace skills. This is done through an interactive and gamified lifelong learning platform including animated modules, masterclasses, curated 3rd party content, and psychometric assessments. Till date, they have enabled over 50,000 learners from across 30 cities to become future-ready smart generalists.

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