Mizoram celebrated World Skills Day at two venues on Wednesday with CM Lal Thanhawla distributing tools he bought for 92 youth newly-trained under a state program while state Labour Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte pushed for greater collaboration with South Korea beginning with a k-pop concert scheduled in Aizawl later this month.
Lal Thanhawla took part in a program in his constituency Serchhip where he handed over the tools he spent Rs 4 lakh from his own pocket for to 92 youth who trained for various vocational skills under the Young Mizo Association, a community-based organisation, and the Mizoram Youth Commission.
Lal Thanhawla also talked about PM Modi’s launching of the Skill India program on the occasion of World Skills Day.
In Aizawl, state labour Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte said the K-Pop contest and concert planned for later this month is “not only for fun and games” but for the Mizo community “to knock on the doors” of the east Asian country for better collaboration in other fields.
“We have begun taking steps towards learning from the South Koreans, with whom we share similarities,” he said.
Korean culture, films, music and even cuisine has a large following in Mizoram.
The K-pop contest and concert is being jointly organised by the Mizoram government and the Korean Cultural Centre on July 25 at the Mizoram University.