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We Need 'Nano Unicorns' For India To Succeed | By Subroto Bagchi

Thousands of skilled people creating small units with risk capital is what the country needs today

We Need 'Nano Unicorns' For India To Succeed | By Subroto Bagchi
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We Need 'Nano Unicorns' For India To Succeed | By Subroto Bagchi
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2018-11-03T17:46:49+05:30

When I took on the assignment of heading Odisha’s Skill ­Development Authority, I had just one ask from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. That I wouldn’t be available to him for the first 30 days. I was myself new to skill development and government, so I wanted to spend the first 30 days doing my own skill development! For this, I decided to travel to the 30 districts of the state by road—and ended up covering 7,700 km, roughly the length and breadth of India added together. It was the summer month of May, and day-time temperatures soared to 48 degrees. Just right for revelations—not sudden epiphanies; rather, ones that accumulated over time.

At the end of my journey, I became clear about some key issues. Primarily, it centres around the question of how to create employable skills for school dropouts. Three years into my task, as we try newer ideas and push the envelope, I have no doubt that these are the issues that really matter—and all of us would do well to focus our energies on these with clear eyes, without swimming in data, reading reports and listening to experts.   

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