Indore: At TEDx talks organised by TEDxIIMIndore, National Kill Development Corporation COO Atul Bhatnagar dubbed skilling as third religion in India. “ After cricket and Bollywood, skilling is the third religion in India,” he said emphasising the importance of core skills and soft skills in education.

The event saw TEDx talks by many noted speakers including Bhatnagar, author Anand Neelakantan, cofounder of Absolute Sports Pvt Ltd, Porush Jain and to name a few.

In his address, Bhatnagar explained how NSDC is driving the skilling movement in India by conducting skill gap studies, industry connects, developing certifications and using technology.

The next speaker was Neelakantan, an author who is best known for his alternative take on Indian mythology with ‘ Asura: Tale of the vanquished’ and ‘ Ajaya: Roll of the Dice’. Neelakantan, known for his knowledge of the scriptures and passion for mythology, took a bold step by pointing out various contrasting fallacies of the Indian mind- set, which are clearly manifested in the actions of its citizens.

Quoting examples from the Indian heritage, he emphasized on the pros of the desire for excellence over the human urge to opt for shortcuts, or ‘ Jugaad’. Jain spoke about how a successful start- up could be conceptualised, while stressing upon the fact that one should believe in one’s idea and be passionate about following it.

Next up was Pawan Agrawal, CEO and President of the world- famous Mumbai Dabbawalas. Through his address, Agrawal took IIM- Indore students inside the world of the Mumbai Dabbawalas, an internationally recognized association of tiffin carriers, who have achieved Six Sigma performance with no formal training in management. Focusing on the intense commitment of the Dabbawalas towards customer satisfaction, he gave examples to showcase the immense trust that the carriers had built with both their customers and the organization.

His address was followed by Vivek Kaul, a distinguished writer and economist. Kaul spoke about what he called ‘ The Ramesh Sippy Syndrome’; using the examples of Sholay, Kolaveri Di and Google to show how volumes are written on successful

ventures only after they have reached the pinnacle of glory, and the fact that nobody is ever able to predict the degree of success that any venture will achieve.

About TEDx, In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

These local, self- organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events are selforganized.

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