By Hamid Khan Wazir
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The World Youth Skills Day 2020 (WYSD2020) will be observed on Wednesday aimed at motivating young people towards learning skills and acquiring excellence with time; educating youth about future challenges and awareness as well as their readiness to work in highly competitive workplaces and training them about survival skills during and post-COVID-19 era.
The National Skills University (NSU) Islamabad will mark the day with the theme ‘Skills for a Resilient Youth’.
The importance of this event can be ascertained from the fact that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Center for Technical and Vocational Education & Training (UNEVOC) highlighted this activity from Pakistan on their website.
The inaugural keynote address will be of Professor Dr. Atta -ur- Rahman, Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology, who will highlight the importance of Creative Skills in Developing a Knowledge Economy.
Other key speaker is Professor Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Rector, University of Central Asia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, who is considered as an architect of skills-oriented education and will talk about the Educational Pathways to Success”.
Aligning with the vision of NSU harnessing skills-oriented talent within the Country and expatriate Pakistani Consultant, Ms. Farida Ansari serving the Talent & Engagement GBS- IBM Canada will share her views about Embracing the Future – Skills Development Strategies for the Next Generation Workforce.
Newly incoming Chairperson National Technology Council, Eng. Imtiaz H. Gilani and Dr. Nasir Khan from the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) will share their views about the Hunarmand Pakistan (Skills for All) initiative of the government.
The NSU, the first public sector university among the federal higher education institutes dedicated to imparting skills-based education, has chalked out an elaborate program for Pakistani youth on the World Youth Skills Day.
The World-renowned Pakistan scholars will deliver their lectures related to creating skills education relevant opportunities for the youth.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the National Skills University, Professor Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar World Youth Skills Day observance also includes skills education-oriented activities like short documentary competitions, digital photography highlighting artisans of the country, speeches, and essay writing competitions.
First, second, and third positions entries will receive monetary awards besides certificates.
The opening ceremony of the World Youth Skills Day 2020 at the National Skills University will be on July 15, 2020, from 9:50 am to 12:30 pm.
You can participate in this meeting virtually via Zoom at
The associated Meeting ID is 846 0073 4142 and Password 592269.
The meeting will also be available on Facebook at