June 7th-9th, 2017
It would be an incomplete trip had we not taken the bus to the capital. The major skill development agencies are based there, and driving our conspicuous bus across the city would inevitably turn some major heads.
We drove from Bhopal to Delhi straight. 19 hours. With a half hour pause in between. Drivers changed and inherited the red eyes that come with the seat. Everyone moved from seat to seat and eventually sprawled across the backseat into the most comfortable position for sleeping. We passed the time with music and talking. But it was time spent positively, and it didn’t quite feel like 19 hours.
When we reached Delhi, Day 3 afternoon, we hurried to the Ministry of Human Resources Department, where we managed to show the bus to Mr. Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of the Human Resources Department.
And we returned to the hotel with our eyes barely open, and though the entire city of Delhi was so accessible to us, the adventuring was only reserved for the next morning.
Many of us, the next morning, went to Chandni Chowk, because what is a visit to Delhi without a visit to the old part of the city? We properly felt like we were in Delhi on the way back in an e-ricksha, stuck in traffic in the midst of the heat and the smell of peppers, all in the old city traffic.
Back to the hotel, back to work. We took the bus to the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), where we received an enthusiastic and warm welcome. Our meeting was long, eventually focusing on the students – Pallavi, Surpiya, and Swapnil – whose progress was proof of the policies that the NSDA implements. At this meeting, we came to one absolute and firm conclusion: government agencies and the NGOs working in the same field should collaborate for a stronger national impact.
We then rushed over to the India Gate, where we parked the bus for the public to climb aboard. Our students led this session, fielding questions from everyone who approached. We managed to keep the police on our side, and our bus stood against the backdrop of the India Gate, as it lit up for the night.
On our third day, we drove the bus to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, where the LAHI raahis greeted the secretary, Dr. K.P. Krishnan, the CEO of BFSI at the Sector Skill Council, the Joint Secretaries, Rajesh Aggarwal and Jotsana Sitling, and of course, the Minster, Mr. Rajeev Pratap Rudi.
We ended our first leg of our Delhi trip with a visit to the National Skill Development Corporation, and then, moved onwards to Chandigarh.