- Anurag Thakur launched an international project, TEJAS
- TEJAS aims at training Indians for Emirates Jobs And Skills
- Thakur visited the Dubai Expo 2022
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday launched an international project — Training for Emirates Jobs And Skills (TEJAS) — aimed at creating pathways to enable the Indian workforce to get equipped for skill and market requirements in the UAE.
Thakur, on the second day of his visit to Dubai, addressed the audience at the launch, saying India has a youthful population and the youth are the largest stakeholders in both nation-building and image building. “Our focus is to skill this population and provide the world with a large skilled workforce from India,” he said while reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a strong partnership between India and the UAE.
“Tejas aims at creating a 10,000-strong Indian workforce in UAE during the initial phase,” he said. The project is aimed at skilling, certification and overseas employment of Indians. Tejas is aimed at creating pathways to enable the Indian workforce to get equipped for skill and market requirements in the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.
Thakur also held a series of discussions with industry leaders from the film and entertainment space in India and the UAE. The day started with a meeting with Olivier Bramley, CEO, Media and Entertainment, E-Vision. Other CEOs present at the meeting included Neeraj Roy, founder of Hungama Digital Media, and Harit Nagpal, MD and CEO of Tata Play.
Thakur also mentioned the large Indian population living in the UAE and their drive to contribute to Emirates and India as well. He talked about Prime Minister Modi’s “Mann ki Baat” initiative, saying it provided a great medium to connect with the people and encourage them to get vaccinated.
He mentioned the large viewership in India of TV, radio, OTT, among others.
The minister also met prominent Indian filmmakers such as Kabir Khan and Priyadarshan in a discussion, also attended by Film Commissioner of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Hans Fraikin. Thakur also visited the India Pavillion at the Dubai Expo where he held a discussion with the Minister of State for International Cooperation in the Government of UAE, Reem Al Hashimi.
Thakur reached Dubai on Saturday on a three-day visit to participate in events related to the Media and Entertainment Week being observed at the India Pavilion in Dubai Expo 2020. During the meetings held in the two days, the minister and the CEOs discussed how India and the UAE can work together on programming for ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and stressed that there is a need to work on ensuring free flow of content from India to the Arab region, the ministry said.
It was also discussed how the media and entertainment (M&E) sector can take the face of New India to the world. “We are not lagging behind in new technology in the M&E sector considering our post-production capabilities and talent. India has a competitive market in M&E space,” the minister said.
“Looking forward to partnerships between India & UAE to create better content and in other areas of cooperation. There is huge potential in the archives sector. The Indian government has a lot of film archives. We are sharing it for revenue generation,” the minister added.
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