MUMBAI: A Conference on ‘National Initiatives in Vocational Skills Development’ saw participation of eminent personnel from public and private sector, emphasizing the need to meet the growing demand of skilled workforce in the country
Speaking on the issue, Dr Narendra Jadhav, member Planning Commission said, “The focus of the 12th plan five-year plan is on faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. The manufacturing sector, currently growing at around eight per cent, needs to grow at 11-12 per cent each year, hence creating at least two million new jobs annually… to fill this gap we have new initiatives like the Kaushal Vikas Yojana that involves setting up of 1,500 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 5,000 skill development centres in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.”
He added that the government follows a three-fold framework, a National Skill Development Council headed by the Prime Minister, a National Skill Development Coordination Board to coordinate 17 ministries, headed by the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, and the National Skill Development Corporation. “We are a young, large and growing population but we need reforms in education and skill development sector to turn into a super power. At present there is training in 11th and 12th standards but consideration is being given to provide vocational education early on, say from the 9th and 10th standards,” DrJadhav said.
The conference also focused on the role of Industry Engagement and saw many members from industry speak about the areas of vocational training that needed attention. Chairman, CII National Skills council, S Mahalingam, said that, “Quality, faculty and employability are the main guidelines to be followed while designing vocational training. It important that the industry acts on the recommendations that they make so that the growth in workforce in not just in numbers but quality as well. We also need to ensure that those who are conducting the training have industrial experience.”
Mr. V.K Singh, Director Administration, Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET) emphasized the importance of PPP in ITIs and their sustainability as a cause of concern. “We have 9,415 ITIs in India out of which 2244 are run by Government and 7171 are private. We have a seating capacity of 13.29 lakh which can be trained in over 121 trades in courses that vary from 6 months to three years. However with the rising demand of skilled workforce we need to ensure that they are providing the best quality of training and industrial experience.”
The conference also felicitated the best ITIs under PPP in the country with ITI Andheri and industry partner Keystone Realtors being adjudged the best in the country. (Eom)