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Action initiated for 1500 ITIs and 5000 Skill Development Centres in PPP mode Print E-mail
Written by Subash S   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
New Delhi: Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State, Labour & Employment, said that action had been initiated to set up 1500 ITIs and 5000 Skill Development Centres in the country in PPP mode. He invited private sector participation to join hands with government to transform the skill development scenario of the country.

The Minister was speaking at CII's National Conference on Skills Development : Strengthening the Delivery System - Understanding the National Skills Policy, in context Prime Minister’s vision of skilling 500 million persons by 2022 to meet the challenges of India @75.

Mr Prabhat Chandra Chaturvedi, Secretary, Labour and Employment talking of the National Policy on Skill Development said that the government is setting up 11 Advanced Training Institutes, 4 Institutes for Training of Trainers, 12 Regional Vocational Training Institutes for Women in PPP mode.

He added that this is the first ever policy on skill development in the country. The policy envisaged demand driven system guided by labour market signals thereby reducing skills mismatch. The policy advocates competency based, employer led skill development system where all the stakeholders have scope to contribute effectively in design, development and maintenance of various components of skill development : identification of skills, setting standards, delivery, assessment of competencies & certification.

Dr Sudhir Kapur, Chairman CII Northern Region Sub Committee on Skills & Education emphasized that the policy is a fresh lease of life for refurbishing the current vocational education and training system, and benchmarking the technical education system to international standards.

The minister also released a CII – Cambridge University Study Report on benchmarking levels of English language Skills required in select services sectors and a documentary on CII managed Indo-Afghan Vocational Training Centre.  Mr S Sen Principal Advisor CII, said that the response to the CII – Afghanistan Skills project was overwhelming and has trained and certified 1000 beneficiaries. He informed the distinguished panel that CII has received requests from various other countries to replicate the model.

It has been assessed that by 2020 the world will have a shortage of 46 million working people while India will have a surplus of about 47 million persons.

The policy has suggested ways and means to provide skill development opportunities in rural areas, hilly areas, border and difficult areas, naxal affected and remote areas of the country.

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