Policies need constant revision for skilling people at scale and quality: Ansari
New Delhi, April 20, 2017
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has said that, given the dynamic nature of the industry requirements, policies would need constant revision to keep them relevant and effective for skilling the people at scale with speed and quality.
Addressing a national conference on ‘Skilling India for Global Competiveness’ organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, here yesterday, Mr Ansari listed three major challenges in the task of providing adequate skill building opportunities for the people--Quality, Numbers and Perception.
“In all our endeavours, quality needs to be central, whether it is our primary schools or institutions of higher learning. To become, and remain, competitive, we need not just skills for our requirements today, but skills of tomorrow,” he added.
The Vice-President said skilled workers were required to successfully implement the Government initiatives such as digital India, Swachh Bharat, Make in India and Smart Cities, as only they can make the most of opportunities being created by such schemes.
The launch of new initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) and the very ambitious 'Skill India' initiative, that aims to train about 30 crore people by the year 2020, are much needed efforts, he added.
Mr Ansari pointed out that, by 2020, almost 60% of India’s population of 1.3 billion will be in the working age group of 15-59 years. Of these, 144 million will be in the 18-23 age bracket. It is also predicted that the ageing in developed world would create a shortfall of some 56 million workers by the year 2030.
“The key to reaping our demographic dividend would be in adequately skilling our people. We need to bear in mind that presently, only 2.3% of the Indian workforce has undergone formal skill training, as compared to 68% in UK and 52% in the US,” he said.
“If we are able to provide quality skills to our people, we can make India into a human resources powerhouse of the world, if we fail in this task, then we are looking at unprecedented high rates of unemployment, and a host of attendant problems,” Mr Ansari warned.
“We need to promote excellence in all spheres of our lives if India is to be a global leader and play a pivotal role in the world affairs and economy. In all our endeavours, quality needs to be central, whether it is our primary schools or institutions of higher learning.
“A substandard primary phase later metastasises into a stream of graduates who do not have the required talent levels and skill sets. So even before we focus on enhancing our capacities and quality in vocational training or higher education, we need to ensure that our primary education system is robust and imparts quality education,” he added.