A concerted effort towards skill development of the population with an amalgam of citizens’ as well as government initiative to make India a global workforce has been stressed by National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).
“In the current scenario only seven per cent of India’s working population is organised, only 2.4 lakh apprentices find their way into industry and 25 per cent of engineers are employable. The big corporate companies often complain about the lack of skill set amongst the youth looking for employment and this scenario has to change,” Chairman of NSDA S Ramdorai, observed.
The NSDA is constituted to coordinate and harmonise skill development efforts of the central and state governments and also public and private sector industries .
Ramdorai, who was here recently to interact with members of Pune International Centre (PIC), a forum of eminent thinkers including noted scientist R A Mashelkar, said the NSDA was also engaged in leveraging technology in all aspects of skilling, skill registry, and labour management information system.
“The agency is also exploring how the rural broadband that connects 2,50,000 panchayats across the country can be leveraged for skilling people in the remotest parts of the country,” he said deliberating on the theme “Skilling the nation -Time to Act”.
Highlighting the practises in European countries, the NSDA chairman said most of these countries believe in “on-job training”, offering internships and apprenticeships to students. This practice can be started in cities like Pune which is an educational hub and also houses a large number of small scale industries, he said.
Calling for a concerted effort towards imparting
Calling for a concerted effort towards imparting skills to people with the aim of making India a global workforce to reckon with, Ramdorai, also the vice chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), said, “We need a citizens’ movement along with government agencies to make this happen.”
Private sector industry, NGOs and educational institutions should make a combined effort to float vocational training centres at local level, he said.
“Skilling our people will make India a global talent pool. Our nurses, teachers, construction workers, healthcare workers, hospitality experts and chefs will have great global opportunities if we skill people with quality standards and in sufficient numbers.”
What is National Skill Development Agency
Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development of a country. In rapidly growing economies like India with a vast and ever-increasing population, the problem is two-fold. On one hand, there is a severe paucity of highly-trained, quality labour, while on the other; large sections of the population possess little or no job skills.
As the Indian economy continues to transform and mature, large scale sectoral shifts in the working population are inevitable, particularly from agriculture to other sectors of the economy. These sectors, however, require significantly different and often specialist skill sets, which require training and skill development. This skill gap needs to be addressed through comprehensive efforts, at various levels and catering to different needs of the society and industry.
However, if India is to fully harness her demographic dividend, these skill development efforts need to be managed in a focussed and coordinated manner. Currently, skill development efforts are spread across approximately 20 separate ministries, 35 State Governments and Union Territories and the private sector. With this as a primary objective, the Office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister on PMâ€™s National Council on Skill Development has been set up with the mandate to:Develop a strategy for skill development at the national level, along with variations at the state level.
- Map the gaps in the area of skill development and develop strategies to address the skill deficit.
- Identify new areas for employability and promote skill development in such sectors.
- Advise on remodeling of existing skill development programmes run by various ministries.
- Promote greater use of Information Communications Technology in the area of skill development.
- Develop and implement an action plan for skill development to maximize job generation within the country and create human resources for global needs.
- Provide guidance through the Prime Ministerâ€™s National Council on Skill Development for activities to be undertaken by the Centre and the States and by the National Skill Development Corporation.