Swiss Vocational Education Training day 2016

Tuesday, 24.05.2016 – Tuesday, 24.05.2016


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The Swiss Vocational Education Training (VET) Initiative India was launched on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Indo-Swiss bilateral friendship treaty in 2008. Reflecting a specific demand of Swiss companies in India for qualified workers, it was also a demonstration of Switzerland’s interest in positioning its vocational education and training system internationally. The project is considered success and is being presented to a wider audience of stakeholders and potential partners in Hyderabad.

Venue: Hotel Park Hyatt, Hyderabad


18:30 – 19:00         Registration

19:00 – 20:00         Inaugural Session

19:00                        Welcome remarks: Mr Nrupender Rao, Chairman, CII Telangana and Chairman, Pennar Industries Limited

19:05 – 19:15          Theme address- Addressing India’s Skills challenges: Mr Jayant Krishna, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Development Corporation

19:15 – 9:25            Presentation of the ‘Swiss Centre of Excellence’ in Pune: Mr Narasimha Rao, Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director, Burckhardt Compression (India) Pvt. Ltd

19:25 – 19:40          Swiss international cooperation in vocational and professional education and training and Relevance of Swiss VET for India:  Dr Linus von Castelmur, Ambassador of Switzerland to India

19:40 – 19:55          Keynote address: Mr K T Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Electronics & Communication, and Panchayat Raj, Government of Telangana (tbc)

19:55 – 20:00          Vote of Thanks: Mr Nrupender Rao

20:10 – 21:00         Panel Discussion: Skilling India to meet its development goals: contributions from Switzerland

20:10 – 20:15          Address by Session Moderator: Mr Sujiv Nair, CEO, Telangana Academy of Skills and Knowledge

20:15 – 20:35           Statements by Panellists

  • Mr G.P. Chandra Kumar, Founder and CEO, Skillsonics India Pvt. Ltd.

  • Mr Narasimha Rao, Managing Director, Burckhardt Compression (India) Pvt. Ltd

  • Mr Sanjib Pal, V. P.-Human Resources, Power Grids Division – India, ABB India Limited

  • Mr K V Vishnu Raju, Chairman, Shri Vishnu Education Society

20:35 – 20:55          Q&A interaction

20:55 – 21:00          Concluding remarks: Dr Linus von Castelmur, Ambassador of Switzerland to India

21:00                        Buffet dinner for networking


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