Rajiv Pratap Rudy stresses urgent need to standardize vocational training in India

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National Workshop of State Ministers on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy Concludes in New Delhi
The Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy here presided over a National Workshop of State Ministers and other stake holders on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy to discuss the policy framework and road map for Skill Development in the country.

The day long Workshop had more than 450 participants from central and state governments including the ministers and principal secretaries, industry, sector skill councils, training providers and other key stakeholders in skill ecosystem. State Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, HP, Punjab, Orissa, Goa and Maharashtra made presentations on key initiatives in their states and also gave inputs on enhancing the centre-state partnership for skill development across the country.

Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy in his address urged States to give their inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship policy of 2015 already circulated to states. He said the 2015 policy to supersede the policy of 2009. He highlighted the fact that the combined vision of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the States is aimed at achieving the overarching objective of “Kushal Bharat, Sashakt Bharat”. He further emphasized on the need for creating a common mission like “Sarva Kaushal Abhiyaan” on the lines of “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan”.

Addressing the participants, Shri Rudy said that there is an urgent need to standardize education; and the States have to become partners in Skill Development to ensure this. He said, all the States have to educate themselves on National Occupational Standards and Qualification Packs so that the Centre and States can collectively skill large number of people with speed and standards.

He said, the industry needs to decide the type of trained workforce they require in the country today. The government will facilitate efforts in this direction. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will handhold states in creating models of excellence at every step. Sometimes what fourteen years of education cannot provide 14 weeks of vocational education can, he added. The Minister at the workshop also announced the formation of a Working Group comprising of principal stakeholders chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The group has been constituted with the objective of establishing a transparent policy and scaling up capacity of ITIs. Members will include Principal Secretaries of 4-5 States, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. This group is expected to submit its report within one month.

In his speech, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, MSDE said, “We will drive the quantity and quality of skills training across existing educational institutions, our ITIs and through a new set of dedicated institutions representing best-in-class vocational education. Where we are leveraging infrastructure under the purview of other Ministries such as MHRD & MoLE, we will play a supporting role. We will help ensure they are better aligned with the standards and requirements of industry and business. We will also aim to address the issue of low appeal amongst youth for skills training through these institutions. For the new institutions, we will initiate and drive these ourselves with support from others as required. These MSIs will address the deficits in our institutions today – where vocational education institutions have insufficient industry linkages and our ITIs have insufficient academic linkages.”

Bringing in the perspective of a successful public private partnership, Shri Ramadorai, Chairman, NSDA & NSDC said, “The private sector can help improve the infrastructure of the existing vocational training institutes, bring contemporary course curricula to these centres and in train the trainers program. It is important that each corporate or agency is aligned to a common Ministry to reap the benefits of the multiplier and learn from each other’s success across different states.”

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