The skills gap is a serious threat to India’s ability to maintain high growth rates. The way the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is run makes the problem worse.
As reported in Mint today and yesterday, its controversial vice-chairman, Ram Avtar Yadav, seems unlikely to be brought to book. Union human resource development minister Arjun Singh said he had “sought” comments from Yadav about his drawing a pension from Delhi University, even as he continued getting a salary from AICTE.
Beyond personalities is the issue of regulating private technical colleges, many of which are mere fly-by-night degree sale shops. The better ones are not allowed to expand. The former add to the costs that companies incur in training college graduates. For small and medium companies, it’s often a make-or-break matter.
A poorly run AICTE cannot understand this as being a part of its responsibility. It cannot until its top appointments are nothing more than political handouts.