The G20 Education Working Group will hold its third meeting in Bhubaneswar.

The third meeting of the Education Working Group will take place in Bhubaneswar on April 27 and 28, 2023, and the events leading up to it will take place from April 23 to 26. The public can visit a special exhibition with the title “Future of Work” on April 23 and 25, as well as on April 27 and 28.

These sessions would be attended by representatives from G20 nations. The vision and leadership of the Union Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, are driving the activities under the Education Working Group, selecting themes, and guaranteeing reach to the youth of the nation. In the case of Odisha, where the theme is “Future of Work,” the activities are based on the vision that there should be extensive discussions and effective outreach on the emerging skilling requirements and the need for continuous skilling, reskilling, and up-skilling as relevant to the district in every district.

On April 21st, 2023, Mock G20 will be held at Siksha Anusandhan (SOA) in association with the Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership. On the topic of “Future of Work: Industry 4.0, Innovation, and 21st Century Skills,” the Mock G20 will be held in the following format: 4 delegates per team x 20 countries (total 80 students), plus 20 students who will represent international organisations (IOs), multilateral institutions, and invited countries.

The 3rd Education Working Group conference will be accompanied by a 6-day exhibition on the theme of “Future of Work” at the CSIR-IIMT Grounds from April 23 through April 28, 2023, with the exception of April 26. To offer a glimpse into the “future of work,” a 34,000 square foot exhibition space with more than 100 stalls has been set up. The exhibition focuses on several facets of the “future of work,” converging into a fundamental theme of how we perceive “Work. Worker and Workforce” through the prism of new innovation at an unprecedented, accelerated pace. It has representation from industry, academia, civil society, government, etc. The show, which is anticipated to draw 50,000 people, will have experience zones devoted to the future of manufacturing and the future of technology.

The panel discussion at the Deep Tech conference will focus on topics including (1) India’s prospects in the global semiconductor ecosystem and (2) The World of Digitalization, which will emphasise automation, deep tech, the future being digital first, etc. (3) Deep tech-focused new age startups. Senior executives from industry, government, and academia will participate in this session.

Panel talks on (1) enabling infrastructure for the future with a focus on topics such PM Gati Shakti, Sagarmala, etc. will be held as part of the seminar on transforming logistics for coastal economies with an emphasis on sustainability. (2) Climate change-related issues with a focus on coastal infrastructure, sea level rise, etc.

Workshop on “Future of Work: Skill Architecture and Governance Models of India and Singapore” focuses on three panel discussions: (1) integrating skills into the curriculum in schools, (2) developing an agile and resilient TVET ecosystem, and (3) lifelong learning and skill recognition in the context of the future of work. A planned conversation session between academia, industry, and students will be structured. An action plan for the three focus areas will be established after consideration of the main lessons from Singapore and India.

Tribes of Odisha would also receive special attention, and their products would be included throughout various events and programming, as the state of Odisha has a sizeable tribal population. The G20 delegates and participants would be introduced to traditional Indian cuisine at a culinary festival in 2023, which is the International Year of Millets.

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