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10,000 vocational schools needed to meet manpower deficit

10,000 vocational schools needed to meet manpower deficit
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First Published: Tue, Sep 25 2007. 10 18 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Sep 25 2007. 10 18 AM IST
New Delhi: Presently only 5.06% Indian youth have single skill inventory, posing a major challenge to the availability of skilled manpower.
10,000 new vocational schools are required to fulfill India’s skill deficit, said Champak Chatterjee, secretary, department of school education and literacy, ministry of Human Resources Development at a seminar organized by Austrialian Education International (AEI) and supported by CII and ministry of HRD and ministry of labour.
Prof John Webb, counsellor, education, science and training, AEI, Australian High Commission said they were liaising with Indian Government on issues of bilateral significance in education, science and training; working closely with education communities and fostering alliances and education institutions in both countries.
John McCarthy, Australian High Commissioner to India said that a proper system had to be in place for only then would skilled jobs fill up the middle level of the economy. For this curriculum development and creating a policy and staff framework would be necessary. Australia is the second largest destination for Indian students which makes any partnership between the two relevant.
Suggestions
* Make vocational education industry driven
* Meet skilled manpower requirement through cooperation with international institutes and organizations
* Government to speed up process of development in the sector
* Convert large pool of migrants and casual unskilled labour to enhance productive manpower
* Mobilize teachers’ training as an integrated part of the skill development process and maintain consistent quality standards
* Use the recently launched special skill development website, http://www.cii-skillsdevelopment, to track developments in the field.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 25 2007. 10 18 AM IST
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