Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development at 5th Mail Today’s education conclave at Hotel Lalit on Tuesday said, “The knowledge of skills and employ-ability should have been created from Class 1.”
He was speaking about developing skills and providing employ-ability to the people of the country.
Developing Skills on agenda
“We have professors for mathematics and science but there are no educators for welding. For the last 67 years, the trend has been same. The target for the PM as well as our Ministry is to look for people who are actually struggling and then provide them a platform,” he said.
“We have been successfully able to identify and mobilize large number of people. We need to have an ecosystem to develop skills in the country,” he added. The government has planned to train 50 lakh people in factory skills in five years in a bid to bridge the gap between unskilled youth force and industry requirements.
PM’s Vision : India, The Skill Capital
“As per the vision of our PM, India should be the ‘Skill Capital’. People have education but lack the employability skill. We have the demographic dividend but we need to tap it,” Rudy said. “Our industry also has requirements of skilled workforce. In five years, we need 3 crore people in construction sectorâ€¦And, therefore, as part of the vision of our ministry, we plan to train 50 lakh people in five years, in factories with stipend,” he said.
He also added that the Centre was planning to open centres abroad to train and assist migrant Indian population, many of whom face language barriers, among other issues.
Three tier strategy
“As part of our ministry’s vision, we have approached a three-pronged strategy – identifying those who need to be skilled, creating a curriculum and assessment leading to certification,” he said.
Speaking on the changes in Industrial Training Institute ITI) paradigm, Rudy said “now youth trained at ITI from 8th to 10th standard will be considered equivalent to 10th pass and those from 10th to 12th standard as 12th pass.” The Ministry has recently unveiled the logo for ITI. “For the first time in 67 years, we have designed and unveiled a logo for the ITIs. There was no logo so far,” he said. Under this new paradigm, 18 lakh students are set to benefit annually. And, 400 million people will benefit from our new vision in the unorganized sector. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on Saturday also launched an online platform for imparting skills with an aim to reach millions of skill seekers in the country.
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