Govt to launch Skill Development Mission: Montek Ahluwalia

Govt to launch Skill Development Mission: Montek Ahluwalia

New Delhi: Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman, planning commission announced the government’s plans to launch a Skill Development Mission.

This would aim at releasing latent entrepreneurial energies of people. According to him, skill deficit was a serious issue and unless this was addressed, it would be difficult to achieve the proposed 9% growth during the 11th Five-Year Plan.

Upcoming initiatives by the government

* Develop Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) through the private-public partnership (PPP) model

* Introduce short-term modular courses

* Issue scholarship reimbursable vouchers to institutions that focus on skills development

* Change government’s role from being one of a vocational training provider to a facilitator and partner in employment generation and skill development

* To meet 11th Plan’s ambitious target of creating 70 million jobs between 2007 and 2012, a project could be undertaken in collaboration with CII, to rank states on the basis of skill development

Recommendations

* India’s informal sector could formulate a package that enhances skills development in the informal economy, solve the problem of unemployment and increase the availability of credit for informal sector enterprises

* Although 92% of India’s workforce is employed in the informal sector, their educational and skill levels and resultant productivity are extremely low which hinders the sector’s sustainable development

* Expand higher education, but at the same time address issue of developing employment skills at the undergraduate levels

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