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Saturday, 23 August 2008

NATIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO MEET EARLY NEXT MONTH

NEW DELHI:  The government is ready with the final draft of the National Skill Development Policy which will be posed to the Union Cabinet for its approval shortly. This was stated by Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister for Labour and Employment, while addressing the FICCI Global Skills Summit here on August 21, 2008.

The policy aims at empowering all individuals through improved skills, knowledge and internationally recognized qualifications to enable them access to decent employment and to promote inclusive national growth.

FICCI Global Skills SummitMr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairm,an of the Planning Commission informed the Indian and foreign delegates to the Summit that the first meeting of the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) chaired by the Prime Minister, will meet early next month to kick off the deliberations of the recently-constituted Council. He said, the Council will take a concerted overview of skill development initiatives in different ministries and departments of the Central government and suggest way to share the experience and learnings across  various ministries.

The two-day Summit is organised by FICCI, in association with the Ministry of Labour & Employment and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The United Kingdom and Germany are the Summit partners.

Mr. Ahluwalia said, in the medium term, a double-digit rate of growth was a “feasible ambition” but getting up to that level will place a huge demand on skill development.

Responding to the concerns and suggestions by Mr. Harsh Pati Singhania, Senior Vice President, FICCI, Mr. Ahluwalia said, the Planning Commission was engaged in achieving a broadbased objective of education-cum-skill development for which the government has earmarked  large amount of funds. 

The capacity of the national skills development system would be expanded very substantially as a national mission. It would be expanded immediately to 15 million during the 11th Plan and raised to 50 million by the end of the 12th Plan. For undertaking this massive expansion in capacity, besides current established approaches, innovative delivery models would be explored such as public private partnership, decentralized delivery, distance learning, and computerized vocational training etc.

According to Mr. Oscar Fernandes, apart from upgrading the existing government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), the government has launched the Skill Development Initiative Scheme o train one million people in the next five years and then one million every year. Under the scheme, training is provided in demand-driven, short-term courses, which are based on modular employable skills. The traing cost for the successful candidates is borne by the Central Government.

Ms. Sudha Pillai, Secretary Ministry of Labour & Employment, said the government was working on an Employment Policy for India. The policy will examine all the initiatives of the government and multilateral institutes and evaluate their impact on jobs. Policy objective would be to create meaningful jobs and give full play to the human potential, she pointed out.

Mr. Dinesh Rai, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, pointed out that the ministry has decided to implement the scheme of Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) through Partner Institutes (PIs) in the PPP mode through the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. The scheme proposes to develop such EDCs in each block of the country to cover about 15 lakh youths every year in addition to the 3.10 lakh that the ministry intends to train through the existing organisations.

Mr. Harsh Pati Singhania, Senior Vice President, FICCI, called for granting industry status to skill development; financial support to Industrial Training Centres (ITCs) run by the private sector, and grant of excise duty exemption for buying training equipment and machinery; tax holidays to entrepreneurs/training providers in rural areas in line with the tax incentives available to entrepreneurs setting up industries in the north eastern region and hill areas; increase in the number of ITIs from the present 5100 to 7000 by the end of the 11th Plan focussing on rural areas; and recognition to industry employing 100 or more employees as vocational training providers under the Modular Employable Scheme launched by the Directorate General of Employment & Training.

 
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