The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has appointed A.M. Naik — a respected management professional and current group chairman of Larsen & Toubro (L&T)—as the chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Naik, a business leader, has more than 50 years of experience in the infrastructure, engineering and construction sectors. He played a significant role in building L&T as one of the strongest businesses, globally.
In five-decade long career, Naik has won many honors, including the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award in 2009, for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country. Naik is also the Honorary Consul General for Denmark. He was conferred the Danish Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Margarethe – 2008 and a further honour, the Order of the Dannebrog – Knight First Class in 2015.
“NSDC has developed a unique model combining skill development with strong industry partnerships. I am pleased at this opportunity to contribute towards our common vision of a high skill, high value-added economy that offers opportunity to all,” A.M. Naik, chairman, NSDC.
According to Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, “He epitomises the core values of a successful leader —strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight —that are imperative to the success of any development initiative in today’s economy. His standing in the community of industrial leaders will strongly enhance the industry connect. His vast experience will take NSDC to greater heights. I am confident that this organisation, under his leadership, apart from its engagement in executing skilling modules, will also be a think tank providing direction and necessary guidance for creating a demand-based skilling ecosystem in the country.”
Commenting on his appointment, Naik said, “NSDC has developed a unique model combining skill development with strong industry partnerships. I am pleased at this opportunity to contribute towards our common vision of a high skill, high value-added economy that offers opportunity to all.”
Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC expressed pleasure at the appointment of Naik, and said, “NSDC is privileged that a person with such vast knowledge and experience, is onboard as the chairman of the organisation. We believe that his business leadership and experience will powerfully steer NSDC in its next phase of growth.”