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Addressing skill deficit through Global partnerships in Vocational Training Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 24 September 2009
New Delhi: At the 3rd CII Global Summit on Skills Development, Shri. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development said that while the developed world had a demographic deficit India had a demographic dividend. If the global community realized the enormous opportunity this represented and invested in the talent pool this country offered, it would benefit not just India but the world.

Shri. Sibal said that introducing Vocational Training between Class 8 and 12 could be an important way to deal with the country's skill shortage.

Only 1 out of 8 students study further than Class 12 therefore there was an urgent need for converting the natural skills of students into employable, vocational skills. A large number of students wanted to acquire ordinary skills that would enable them to lead ordinary lives. We should help them to do this, the minister said.

The government plans to set up 50 new Central Universities, 1600 new ITIs, 10,000 vocational institutes, with an aim is to skill 10 million more people each year.

The Gross Enrolment Ratio needs to be improved from the present 12.4% in India to 30% by 2022. In the developed world the GER is in the region of 70%.

There is a shortage of skilled workers across the board ranging from shop floor attendants to doctors and scientists. The talent deficit ranges from between 50% to 80%. Skills are required not only in niche areas of technology but also in other areas. A deficit is also an opportunity, he said.


Emphasizing that the country was actively looking at partnerships from countries such as Germany which had very good vocational training institutes, Shri. Sibal said that institutes abroad could very effectively set up branches in India or go in for "twinning" as a model.

Citing an example of one such win-win situation, he said that a marine institute from Norway is soon going to start an Indian branch. This will help them meet their skills shortage and skill Indian youth.

Mr. Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission recounted how Germany had helped train Indian automobile engineers at the time of Independence and thus provided a much needed impetus for the Indian automobile industry. These trained Indian specialists then went on to train Singaporeans. This he said was the kind of collaboration that was urgently needed in the present time.

The Right to Education seeks to ensure that every child goes to school. In addition, it is important to involve the private sector in education. Equally there is need to have a good accreditation system in place to ensure quality, and to have Teacher Training programmes to see that scale is achieved.

Mr Raghuttama Rao, Managing Director, IMaCS reiterated that the real opportunity lay at the bottom of the pyramid. This was the biggest challenge and opportunity in the area of skill development.

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