4th International Conference on Life Skills & Livelihood Skills -
Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment.

16-17 November 2017, at Dr. MCR HRD Institute of Telangana, Hyderabad

SKILLS2017 International Conference

SKILLS2017: ‘Life Skills & Livelihood Skills - Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment, fourth of the series of conferences on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills. The theme of the current conference, Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment for a Digital India, was chosen to provide impetus to the ongoing Digital India programme that has potential to transform rural agricultural economies.

Digital India is, by far, the most potent opportunity for the transformation of India by empowering nearly one billion rural Indians with advanced skills and the latest digital tools, enabling them to “leapfrog” into the Digital Age.

It is incumbent on government policy makers, commercial and educational institutions, and NGOs, to unite and resolve to create the policies and programs necessary to ensure India’s rural poor have the opportunity to take full advantage of attaining sustainable economic participation in the emerging Digital World.

It is an historic moment that must be seized.

To ensure a healthy dialogue about this enormous opportunity, a diverse group of stakeholders will gather together in Hyderabad, on November 16 and 17, 2017, to discuss, debate, deliberate and decide on the best means to identify the challenges nd create the solutions necessary to ensure Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment.

Broad conference program

Outcomes

SKILLS 2017 will provide set of specific, constructive proposals to help achieve the Digital India program objective – an incremental 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025 -- by bringing together a diverse group of knowledgeable and committed stakeholders to propose supportive solutions for enhancing India’s digital infrastructure, financial inclusiveness, agricultural productivity, and accessible rural health, and education, through the use of new digital technologies and tools.

Sustaining Activities

Following the conference, REEDS & LSLSI will publish and promote the conference recommendations with appropriate change agents. Further, they will develop and promote demonstration projects to support the achievement of the Digital India mission. In addition, we expect the conference to inspire social and business entrepreneurs to engage in developing innovative products and services to achieve the goals of Digital India.

Conference Goals

The specific conference goals are to:

  1. identify and debate the opportunities and challenges associated with leveraging Digital India for creating life and livelihood skills that accelerate rural incomes;
  2. propose initiatives for Central, State and Local government policies and programs to enhance sustainable economic growth for rural India; and,
  3. stimulate corporations, NGOs and social and business entrepreneurs to create long term demonstration projects, commercial models, products, programs and services necessary to accelerate Digital India for sustainable rural economies.

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