NSDC collaborates with The/Nudge Foundation to drive dialogues on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at Charcha 2020

New Delhi, May 15, 2020: National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in partnership
with The/Nudge Foundation, and supported by the deAsra Foundation and G.A.M.E. India to
co-organise the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship event at #charcha2020 scheduled
from May 14 th to May 16 th , 2020. The virtual event aims to act as a platform towards enabling
constructive conversations on ways to overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the
COVID-19 outbreak on the skill development and entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. With 24
power-packed sessions being led by 50+ eminent speakers and panelists over three days,
#charcha2020 will facilitate important discussions around critical pieces of governance, policy,
interventions and actions required to resolve the pressing challenges faced by the skill
development sector as a consequence of the global pandemic.
The skill development and entrepreneurship event commenced yesterday with a plenary
session on ‘Convergent India to a better post-COVID world’, with Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice
Chairman, Niti Aayog and Mr. Amit Chandra, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private
Equity. This was followed by the opening address by Mr. Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Ministry
of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Today, Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC
delivers a keynote address on ‘Governance and policies to create an environment for
accelerated recovery’. Over the course of three-days, multiple sessions will be organised on
various topics including the future of jobs and methodologies of skilling in the emerging new
normal along with inspirational stories of success through skill empowerment.
In his opening address, Mr. Praveen Kumar said, “The current pandemic environment solicits
rethinking and redesigning of strategies and practices to plan skilling and livelihood of workforce
for self-sustainability. The government has proactively made every effort, and continues to do
so, to improve sentiment and set the stage for the youngsters of India to reach their full potential
and contribute the most to the country as a whole.”
He further said, “I believe that a productive discussion with industry partners, thought leaders,
policymakers and understanding their constraints, and learning from their experience will help
us bridge the gap and implement new, improved models for skills provision to create new
capabilities in context of the new post COVID environment.”
On the opening day, the discussions covered subjects like skilling for the future, the role of
upskilling, reskilling and alternate skilling, evolution of the funding landscape, sectoral
challenges and opportunities in times of crisis and compassionate economy for sustainable
development. The day-2 covers topics such as the evolving role of foundations in India's
development journey, opportunities in skilling economy, governance and policies to create an
environment for accelerated recovery, innovation and digital transformation in the skilling sector,
need for a collaborative for mass entrepreneurship and nonprofits’ response to COVID-19 crisis.
Day-3, marked for entrepreneurship, will deliberate upon subjects like Indian economy’s

recovery through inclusive growth, increasing the competitiveness of the middle of the pyramid
enterprises and the role of technology in entrepreneurship.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Manish Kumar said, “The Charcha 2020 platform aims at
collaboratively brainstorming on adaptive programs and strategies for skill development and
entrepreneurship, given the challenges imposed by ongoing pandemic.”
Sharing his thoughts on Charcha 2020, Atul Satija, Founder, The/Nudge Foundation said,
“The ramifications of the outbreak of the global pandemic has impacted India's development
sector significantly. Charcha 2020 is in line with our vision to enable necessary interventions
needed to reimagine the design of the social development sector and boost the infrastructure
needed to solve for India's most pressing problems. The platform aims at bringing together
thought leaders to enable engaging conversations on the need to put together a strategic
framework in response to the pandemic and build resilience against future shocks of this
About Charcha 2020
Charcha 2020 convening online from May 14 th to May 16 th , 2020 is a platform that will bring together
some of India’s brightest minds and key opinion leaders to discuss and deliberate on ways to overcome
the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 to India’s economic growth. With 9 plenary sessions
and 16 parallel events overall, Charcha 2020 will cover a broad range of topics in the development sector
including health, education, rural development, water & sanitation, land & property inclusivity, skill
development and entrepreneurship, among others. The platform will facilitate engaging discussions on
the need to re-invent the wheel to strengthen the economy and chart a new pathway for the country’s
resurgence from COVID-19 crisis as well as other critical issues affecting the country.
The virtual summit will witness participation from India's most influential leaders and brightest thinkers,
policymakers, communicators, philanthropists and community leaders such as Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice
Chairman, Niti Ayog; Dr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate and Founder, Bachpan Bachao; Ms.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson & MD, Biocon; Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and
Founder, Grameen Bank; Dr. S Krishnamurthy, Chief Economic Advisor to the PM; Kaushik Basu
and Justin Lin Yifu, both former chief economists, The World Bank and Dr. Manish Kumar, MD &
CEO, NSDC among many others.
Charcha 2020 will witness participation of over 100 developmental organizations, 300+ speakers and
nearly 6,000 registered participants on a single platform. The 16 events, each between 6 and 10 hours
long, will cover the topics in each area of sustainable development, running in parallel through speakers
notes, expert panels and demos. Registrations are open at https://charcha2020.splashthat.com/

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