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Bikky Khosla | 03 May, 2016
A recent move by the Finance Ministry has come as a surprise. It has allotted Rs.1,804 crore for skill development programmes against an amount of Rs.8,062 asked by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. While the Centre is talking big on skill development and publicising several initiatives for this purpose, the drastic and "unexplained" slashing of the funds has in fact took even the parliamentary standing committee, which looks into the budgetary allocation for the skill development ministry, by surprise. One can hardly disagree that skill gap is a major challenge facing us and now the Finance Ministry's decision will hardly help the cause.

Prime Minister Modi, while launching the National Skill Development Mission last year, said that India would have a youthful manpower of 4 to 5 crore over the next decade, but at the same time -- stressing the need for skill development -- he cautioned that our demographic dividend would otherwise become a challenge in itself. This fear seems very rational in light of latest data released by the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) that shows that only 7.6 million people were trained by central ministries and departments for the year 2014-15. At this rate we will never be able to achieve the target of training 500 million people by 2020.

In other words, the line between demographic dividend and demographic disaster has already started getting thin and in this situation the Centre's focus should be on pushing skill development by every means, including adequate funding support. It is true that the current government, from the very beginning of its term, has identified skill development as one of its major focus areas. A dedicated Ministry has been formed; several key programmes and missions have been launched. But it is difficult to forget that the previous government also talked the same talk on skill development, without achieving much.  Concrete action must follow the Centre's reiteration of skill development commitments.

A recent report -- which points out that our economy could employ less than half of 300 million people who entered labour market during 1991- 2013 and that the country would face a serious challenge of finding jobs for 280 million more people who will enter the job market by 2050 -- shows that unemployment has remained a lingering problem for us, but it is more concerning to see that we have been suffering the brunt of unemployment even at a time when every sector is short of skilled workers. This reflects a dire need not only to inject adequate funds but also to chart out a radically new path on skill development.

I invite your opinions.
 
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Shortage of skilled drivers for hazardous goods transportation
Madhav K Naik | Tue May 10 13:09:32 2016
We are into Oil and Gas, Refining and Marketing Businesses and we face this issue of non-availability of drivers for the trucks supposed to take our hazardous petroleum and petrochemical liquid/gaseous products across locations in the country. Need is felt for government efforts to develop the required skills. With shortage of this trade personnel, available drivers are over-stretching themselves and fatigue is the single largest reason for road accidents involving such trucks. For overcoming this there is a need to glorify this job, right at the doors of educational institutes when they exit completing graduation or twelfth standard but not with attractive scores to get into some medical or engineering professional courses or unable to grab other good jobs. There can be minimum wages fixed for these roles depending on the hazards of the product they carry. While our legislation asking for two drivers for national carriage, there are not even single driver per truck and then, the untrained cleaners/helpers are forced to drive such dangerous cargo-carrying trucks.


SKIL DEVELOPMENT- WALK THE TALK
KHATIB | Fri May 6 06:04:23 2016
SIR NOBODY IS INTERESTED IN UPLIFTMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF INDIA .SIR ANY BODY IS BOTHERED TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON AT SKILL DEVELOPMENT CENTERS.THIS IS ONE MORE MEANS OF LOOTING TAXPAYERS MONEY.


Skill Development the derth of skilled personal in India
Ashok Puri | Fri May 6 04:47:59 2016
The spurt of spurious Education Institutions floated by opportunity seeking Ministers throughput the country has led to the substandard education of skilled labour. Even with the facilities like online training and video demonstrations there is a acute lack of handson training of skilled labour. The NCTVT programme of the 1970 where apprentices undertook 1 year implant training after ITI should be restarted. The training companies can then train the candidates to suit thief required skill standards and it will generate more skilled manpower. Moreovee the NCTVT should be declared at par with graduation so that personal can persue higher education in their field of specialisation. The present education system of Bachelors degree in Arts, Commerce and Science should be scrapped and replaced with Vocational centric graduation. The present system graduates and Diploma holders are unfit for employment with only a skeletal knowledge of their course of study and have to be retrainef to become fit for employment. Companies engaging apprentices should get benifits of stiepend paid as training fees and cheaper semiskilled labour for their production processing


Skill development
Joseph Kunnakkattu | Fri May 6 01:46:28 2016
Always in past, now the skill development programs not attended properly. There is no specific skill development program as skill required are different to the work area. A turner need not to be developed for other technical field, but to be skilled for business management. The best idea is to train youths at their institutions before sending them to job seeking. These institutions should have touch with employers. In short my idea give academic training in schools, colleges, and training in industry. The best suited example is Doctors & Nursing Staffs. A student in B.Com to be trained in any registered firm for one year with a stipend. Enterprises by a act to appoint these trainees. My last words on this subject, reduce working hours to 6 and train apprentice for 2hrs.


Skill Development & Current Challenges along with Approach
Vikram mpn | Thu May 5 14:57:57 2016
We heard about much about skill development much and more. Most important is approach. Government have few companies like KPMG, Price Water Cooper, ILFC, Earnest & Young, S&P and you spell it all are in the gambit of Black list and having all the wrong doings. But they know how to grab the business similar to Agusta Chopper or any deal. Most of the Ministers and public servants are business people directly or indirectly. As long as these business people are reaching the throne through election or nomination what common persons could expect. NOTHING other than looting, siphoning of capital. Let these people take away the profit instead of capital which ends up no where other than going down to further down. Skill development cannot provide through academically. Copy UAE Government introduced that every school final year students, college students, professionals are allowed to go for service and entertain them with some financial support while they serve in their vocation time. Those who gone through the services are easily attained some experience or skills. Further in India millions of companies operating let the Government support them that any amount paid to the trainee are exempted entire amount from tax payment.Get the trainee trained professionally at their end of their college or course time as mandatory to their course completion and get out of the college with a minimum skill. This is the best methodology to implement skill development instead ILFC or others


skill development
sanjeev kumar | Thu May 5 10:23:47 2016
The largest possible employment gets generated when mega infrastructure projects are started in a country. Hoover Dam in USA was a classic example, so are projects at Brazil and other countries. The govt at present is going in the right direction to make a system of accountability and trying to include the last receipient of money, the unskilled labour, in the banking system. river connectivity can give push to the generation of employment. the same can be started in a split fashion at different states at one point of time, so it does not create a mass displacement of labour and at the same time can generate supporting structure at various states. The basic infrastructure , canal ,dams , water ways, docks, sluice gates, pumping stations, water treatment, power generation etc - all such can start employing people with basic skills and slowly start the upgradation of the skill sets. The govt need not put its money and time for development of skills for individuals. this should be offloaded for private companies to work for. Govt should only keep a quality check and control on the certification of such skills. A centralised certification shall bring in standardization in the system of skill development and skill utilization.


Minimising Budgetary Support For Skilling India
AMRENDRA KUMAR SINHA | Thu May 5 08:29:46 2016
The report gives a disheartening news about much more promoted SKILL INDIA Mission...that will certainly affect the desired results...the PMO should look into the matter to achieve the desired results and supports the Mission.


GENERAL
a.n.vijayakumar | Thu May 5 08:15:09 2016
Inputs in trade invitation is very good. Pl.give some focus on labour department - latest changes in Act. Latest judgement - safety in work.


Implementation of Skill Training in India
Dr. Rinku Das | Thu May 5 05:28:55 2016
The actual implementation of the schemes for skill training and employment generation that has been introduced in India till date are very decadent and insignificant. Implementation of the skill schemes are made involving too many agencies, which makes misutilisation of almost two third of the allotted budgetary fund. However, the training partner that are selected in ground level are not experienced enough and unaware about the objectives of the programme. The programme monitoring & post training performance appraisal system is also very weak, unsystematic involve lots of corruptions. There is a huge variation what is written in programme guidelines and what we seen in ground level implementation. In Case of North Eastern States of India, the youth from semi-urban and rural areas participates in skill training programme because of getting stipend, not to learn. Therefore, the Government such approaches becomes worthless. To be successful in this context in India, the Government agencies and official must be strict and systematic in implementation process. All the skill and employment programmes have to be more impact oriented rather than target oriented.


Skill Development – Centre must walk the talk
A V CHANDRAN | Thu May 5 05:08:09 2016
Mission skill development needs white paper involving all ways and means enabling to establish corresponding vision continuous skill development process. Considering India’s working class strength and deployment from top to bottom, there must be a reasonable planning for skill development process in a decentralized organization and staffing with corresponding budget expenditure/budget revenue to the extent of 2% of National Budget whereas it is observed that allocation for the purpose is very less viz. Rs.1804 cr instead of reasonable requisition of Rs.8062 cr. From this gap itself is self explanatory with reference to inputs of Skill Development and corresponding outputs. It could be examined that with this micro fund management only micro skill development is possible whereas with macro fund management macro skill development is possible. In brief India needs macro fund management inputs in order to have a continuous mission skill development hence Central Govt must take care of this area with befitting ways and means without any deficits.


skill Development
KJP | Thu May 5 04:57:32 2016
I completely agree with the view point of the Author, and it would be absolute disaster if Govt. in centre fails to deliver on this front.


Skill development.
Samir kumar Bhattacharya | Thu May 5 04:19:33 2016
Dream is encouraging . In order to work on this ,so that dream comes true,following steps must be thought of ; 1. Every District in this country has district Industry center followed by a full fledged Leader designated as General Manager. This Office has got tremendous role to play in terms of developing the industry through Skilled hands. unfortunately the same is not happening. Let us first of all understand whether this is possible or not ??


skill development
KG Vijayakumar | Thu May 5 02:59:14 2016
I agree that skill development is important unless Government has decided to wholly depend on the imported goods and skills for development of nation.


Another Perspective
Vivekanand Kanbargi | Thu May 5 02:13:29 2016
In civil construction industry the labour employed are largely unskilled. They get 'trained' on site. This severely compromises quality of work. It becomes Industry's responsibility and requirement to train them. In bigger and reputed firms some systematic trainings are arranged but that hardly suffices. I feel let Industry govern this issue and Govt should support them by linking their efforts with institutions like ITI, NCTVT, etc. Hence major funding can be arranged by Industry participation.


MyOpinion
NARENDER | Wed May 4 11:50:36 2016
Flexible liberal policies shall be made for industry and startups in skills sector. The fee of student shall be funded by Govt. and overseas and domestic industry shall be provided incentives for placement of the students. Sectoral skilling should be done at large scale and much faster speed and scale. Less regulatory compliance but the quality & monitoring mechanism shall be implemented at State and Centre level. Pvt. players shall be funded for training rural youths and Small entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship shall be funded by the State and Union Govt. Mudra Bank shall give soft loans for skill training and small entrepreneurs for starting entrepreneurship after training.


Little reaches North East
Dr Yan Murry | Tue May 3 13:21:20 2016
I think the funds and support gets stuck in the 'chicken's neck'. Little reaches North East.


 
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