Aam Aadmi Party’s student wingChhatra Yuva Sanghrash Samiti (CYSS) jumpstarted its election campaign for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections with a rock concert “DU Rocks,” at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi, today.
With performances by distinguished playback singer Shilpa Rao and illustrious musician Vishal Dadlani, the concert was emceed by Raghu Ram, a face once popular on MTV.
The massive event had recently courted controversy in its wake with Congress calling it a blatant violation of DUSU election rules. However, the acquisitions couldn’t stop State Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Chief Minister of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal from wooing DU’s freshmen.
While Dadlani pumped up the youth with ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Vande Matram’, Kejriwal’s promise of education loans up to 10 lakhs left the newly inducted members of Delhi University rooting for CYSS’s election candidates.
Although the event wasn’t any different from earlier such voter appeasing moves by ABVP or NSUI, Kejriwal urged the students to shun popular ‘money and power’ politics and vote for an ‘alternate’ student body.
AAP’s strategy of pulling the ‘aam’ young voters a little closer to its ‘aam’ politics seems to have hit the bull’s eye as the jam packed stadium and a won over crowd chanted praises for AAP and CYSS.
Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday entered into a strategic partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to empower youth and entrepreneurs with digital skills in India.
The partnership, signed in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, will enable Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to incorporate Facebook’s training on Digital Marketing Skills in its courses, besides providing trainees with access to local, domestic and international markets.
The programme includes courses on Digital Marketing, Online Safety and Financial Literacy in regional languages with Facebook imparting training to people nominated by the NSDC. This will up-skill job seekers and increase their prospects of employment.
“We are delighted to partner with the National Skill Development Corporation to help in upskilling the youth of the country and also empower local businesses by providing training and resources to build up a digital presence and grow their businesses beyond what the traditional offline economies offer,” Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, India, South and Central Asia – Facebook, said in a statement.
“This skilled workforce and successful businesses are imperative for boosting employment and economic growth in the country,” she added.
The collaboration will also enable trainees to have access to Facebook’s Jobs tool to easily search for job openings. They can easily search for jobs in their Facebook app or visit www.facebook.com/jobs through their mobile phones while controlling the sharing of information with prospective employers.
“The partnership with Facebook aims to leverage the digital opportunity which can assist in creating a market place for many businesses and service offerings for candidates getting trained under our skill ecosystem and; also act as an information kiosk for knowledge sharing,” said Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
“With Facebook’s expertise and support, we are taking a step towards utilising the immense potential of digital skills for the economic betterment of the country,” he said.
Under the Skill India Mission, nearly one crore youth in the country are being annually skilled, reskilled and upskilled through various central government programmes.