CHENNAI: Taking a lead in fulfilling the training needs of SAARC and BRIC countries in the area of social security, India will be offering its expertise in this domain to constituent nations, Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya has said.
Besides providing training, these nations would be extended support in research in this field, he said at a recent function in New Delhi got up to re-christen the National Academy for Training & Research in Social Security as Pandit Deendayal Upadyaya National Academy of Social Security (PDUNASS).
Unveiling a modernisation plan for PDUNASS, he said it envisioned the institution to become an international centre of excellence and a think tank on social security, addressing the changing needs of society and continuous upgrade of skills as well as services.
To begin with participation of officers from Social Security Agencies from SAARC would be invited while professionals in this field from BRICS nations would be associated for experience sharing and learning. Further, collaboration with a reputed university would also be explored for academic support, the minister said.
Further, PDUNASS would be encouraged to explore and provide consultancy services besides bringing out research papers. Dattatreya also called upon the institution to associate with the International Labour Organisation and labour studies' institutes at home and abroad.