Impart skills to people in rural areas to create jobs: Shanu Hinduja

Written by Press Trust of India | United Nations | Updated: Jun 11 2014, 21:15pm hrs
To alleviate poverty and create more jobs, entrepreneurs should impart skills, particularly topeople in rural areas in countries like India, Hinduja Foundation US Chairperson Shanu SP Hinduja has said.

Hinduja was invited to be the co-chair of the United Nation Foundation's Global Accelerator, which brought together entrepreneurs and the UN to accelerateglobal solutions on key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world's "to do list" to alleviate poverty.

The other co-chairs of the programme include computer giantDell's Chairman Michael Dell, UN Under-Secretary General Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin and UNFoundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence Elizabeth Gore.

Addressing the subject of job creation and youth at the session here yesterday, Hinduja said that companies and entrepreneurs have the responsibility to impart skills for jobs to men and women, who in turn will be able to create value for the companies and businesses.

"We really need to take the aspect of teaching skills very seriously," she said.

She further stressed that companies and young entrepreneurs should "give jobs to the people who really need them, they should teach them the skills and helpthose who cannot find jobs by giving them the opportunity to start their own businesses."

She added that companies should not "just go after people who have the Harvard degrees but look out for people who really need the jobs".

Hinduja also stressed that foreign companies wanting to establish foothold in India should help impart skills to people in rural areas and create jobs thererather than just being focussed on the urban sectors.

"You will have economic growth but you will also be creating balance in society in a country that really needs it," she said, adding that any company that isgoing into a foreign land has to respect the local culture.

Hinduja noted that there are lots of skilled people who are not able to get employment.

She said governments, private businesses and banks could start thinkingof giving such people small loans to help them create their businesses.

She also said that teaching skills to women, who have been out of the workforce, will give them the confidence to find work and help in the empowerment oftheir families.

"Companies should have sections just for giving skills for jobs. It will not hold people back," she added.

Hinduja's son Karam Hinduja, a young entrepreneur, was nominated to participate in the event.

When asked about India, Hinduja said "we will now have to see India with new eyes with the new government in place."

She said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "pro-business entrepreneurs" and has the ability to support business which is going to help in creating morejobs.

"The more incentives he has for the private sector, it will only be going to be for better," she said adding that people in India and outside should "open theirarms to change".

She said Modi's support for business "will itself bring about more jobs because that will give incentives to business to want to come into the country".

Hinduja said she would request the new government to keep an "open and middle path" to foreign relations.

Nations should be confident that "we are stillfriends with everyone" and that India does not favour or is against any particular country, she added.

"Modi has taken a middle path where he has taken the traditions and values of our culture but is keeping doors open to every aspect of life and religion tostill exist with the country," she said.