The appointment of Naik as Chairman of NSDC underscores the importance attached by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to skill development. As the Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed ‘skilling brings a sense of self confidence to the poor. Matching job creation with industry demand is the key to end unemployment. It is envisaged that in the future, India will be the biggest supplier of workforce to the world.’
Currently the Group Chairman of India's biggest engineering and construction conglomerate – Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), A.M. Naik is one of the most respected management professionals in the country. His years of successful stewardship have resulted in building L&T as one of the strongest global businesses.
Making the announcement, Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship expressed, “Mr. Naik epitomizes core values of a successful leader - strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values 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 organization under his leadership, apart from its engagement in executing skilling modules, should also be a think tank providing direction and necessary guidance for creating a demand based skilling ecosystem in the country.”
Commenting on his appointment, A.M. 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 added, “NSDC is privileged that Naik, a person with such vast knowledge and experience, is onboard as the Chairman of the organization. We believe that his business leadership and experience will powerfully steer NSDC in its next phase of growth.”
In his remarkable career spanning over five decades, Naik has won many accolades. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's 3rd 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.