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CII and SICC sign MoU for cooperation in skills development Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
New Delhi: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Swiss Indian Chambers of Commerce (SICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding here today, to focus on skills development with particular reference to implementing the elements of the Swiss dual based vocational education and training system in India.

CII will engage its membership with the programme where the industry will draw apprentices who would under go industrial training at the shop floor while undergoing training at the ITI.

Speaking on the occasion, Franz Probst, Chairman Swiss – Indian Cambers of Commerce (SICC) explained the strength of the Swiss dual system of education and training and updated on the two pilot projects undertaken in Maharashtra and Karnataka, where the elements of the Swiss system are being tested with the help of the industry and the ITIs,  supported by the respective  State Governments.

Both organizations will also focus on the training of trainers and instructors and upgradation of the curriculum, specially in the 237 ITIs which have already been adopted by the CII members under the Government of India ITI upgradation scheme in a Public –Private – Partnership mode.

In the long term both the organistaions, under the framework of this MoU, will work towards a system which will lead towards joint certifications and mutual recognition of qualifications.

The MoU also focuses on both partners working towards organizing joint conferences and seminars; promoting India and Switzerland as business destinations; supporting bilateral business ventures and strategic alliances and cooperation regarding implementation of a joint SME platform in Switzerland and India. Both organizations will also identify and cooperate in further areas of common interest.

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII, mentioned that CII has been involved in the skills development now for over 5 years and recognizes this as the priority agenda for the development of the country. While working on enhancing the skills and closing the employability gap, CII has worked very closely with the Government at the Centre and States, corporates and institutions, including the educational institutions. CII has also been involved in a few international projects on skills building.

 
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