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Written by Ganesh   
Thursday, 18 September 2008
National Skills Development Policy ready for Cabinet approval

New Delhi: The final draft of the National Skill Development Policy under the National Skills Development Mission is ready and will be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval soon, according to Mr Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment.

Inaugurating the two-day CII Global Summit on Skills Development ‘Celebrating Vishwakarma Divas’ here today, Mr Fernandes said skills development is firmly on the national agenda. He described the year gone by as a watershed year in the area of skills development initiatives as it has been recognized that bridging the skills gap was essential if India is to maintain the current pace of growth.

The new policy, he said, aims at empowering all individuals through improved skills, knowledge and internationally recognised qualifications to enable them access to decent employment and to promote inclusive national growth. The draft policy also stressed on the need for sector skill councils to encourage industry participation.

CII Conducts Skill Gap Studies in 5 key sectors

The Minister released a Blue Book on ITIs, ‘Getting Started, Unleashing Skilled India: Transforming ITIs together’, prepared by CII as also Skill Gap Studies in the key sectors of construction, retail, health, automotive and finance. The CII initiative aims to foster public-private partnerships and sectoral engagement of industry.

Mr Fernandes said apart from upgrading the existing government ITIs, the government has also launched the Skill Development Initiative Scheme to train one million people in the next five years and then one million every year. Training is being provided in demand-driven, short-term courses, based on modular employable skills and the cost will be borne by the Central Government.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, Mr B Santhanam, Chairman, CII Skills, HR & IR/ER Committee and MD, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd., pointed out that the need of the hour was to implement policy direction and utilise allocations effectively. “There is consensus and collaboration among all stakeholders... we now need to build a skill infrastructure.”

Giving an overview of the latest policy initiatives, Ms Sudha Pillai, Secretary for Labour & Employment, said that the government was committed to creating quality employment and equipping the labour force with relevant skills in an age of intensified competition and technological diffusion. Towards this end, two major schemes totaling US$1,340 million have been launched for upgradation of all Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the country, of which 500 ITIs are being upgraded into Centres of Excellence.

Highlighting the steps being taken by Australia to develop skills needed to operate effectively in a global economy, Mr Jim Davidson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Work Relations, Australia, said reforms in both the supply and demand side of the training sector are critical. He said Australia was keen to forge an ever closer partnership and collaborate with government, industry and institutions in India in this regard.

CII Director-General Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee reiterated CII’s commitment to building a skill economy and said CII was planning to open national skill development centres across the country to provide impetus to backward areas and communities.

The Summit is being attended by delegates from the partner country Australia as also from Britain, Germany, US, Scotland, New Zealand, and national and global speakers from government, industry, academia, and multilateral agencies.

Deliberations at the CII Global Skills Summit saw global leaders discussing sector specific issues related to delivery and administration of training. The Summit provided a platform for sharing international best practices, identifying gaps, needs, roles, responsibilities and deliverables as partners to this national agenda of importance.
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