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Written by Vijay   
Friday, 21 August 2009
New Delhi: In order to meet the aspirations of large number of school drop outs, the Union Government has launched a "Skill Development Initiative", said Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Harish Rawat, while addressing the inaugural session of the Global Skill Summit, organized jointly by the Directorate General of Employment & Training and FICCI.

The "Skill Development Initiative" aims to train one million persons in the next five years and thereafter one million every year.

Demand-driven short-term courses, based on Modular Employable Skills are conducted as a part of this initiative to provide training in a wide range of employable areas. 450 Modular Employable Skill Courses have already been developed under the scheme. The cost of training the successful candidates is borne by the Central Government, the Minister said.

In his message, P.C. Chaturvedi, Secretary Labour & Employment, stated that India would have a surplus of about 47 million persons by the year 2020 and therefore skill development aligned with the International Standards provided an opportunity not only to meet the domestic requirement but also meet global demand.

He said that quality and relevance of skill development were key to India’s global competitiveness. For enterprises to compete in the global economy, the quality of training must reach world standards and be relevant to the needs of national and international markets, he added.

H.P. Singhania, President of FICCI suggested that the participation of private sector should be ensured in the management of institutions and curriculum designing to establish a direct connection between the industry and the vocational training institutions. He said that training outcomes must relate to job requirements and a flexible framework addressing the changing needs of the industry was critical.

The Minister mentioned the setting up of a “National Skill Development Corporation” under the Companies Act to support and guide private sector efforts in skill development. He said that the Corporation should start the process of constituting Sector Skills Councils for identification of skill development needs of various sectors of economy.

The two-day Global Skill Summit will discuss the Emerging Skill Development Challenges –Vision 2020, public-private participation in skill development, its role in poverty alleviation and sectoral demand for skill development.

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