The beginning of 2016 is seeing a huge focus by the government, on the contribution that the industry will make to Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Skill India”. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is steering this endeavour and is all upbeat to ensure results on bringing about a big change to the skill ecosystem.
After laying emphasising on the dire need for industry to step forward and contribute to Skill India in Mumbai at the Skills Conclave which had 6 Union Ministers, Maharashtra Chief Minister and India’s top 100 Corporate Honchos participating, who made some big commitments on skills; Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), today again re-emphasized on the role of the industry at the CII National Council Meeting. The event had representation from corporates like Godrej, Hero, Tata Communications, Tata Steel, Asian Paints, Ashok Leyland, Blue Star Limited, Cadila, Dr. Reddy’s, GVK, JCB India etc.
Giving directions to the corporate sector on how they can contribute to the Skill Ecosystem, Shri Rudy said, “The industry has to look beyond the areas where they operate and have invested. There needs to be a strong effort towards creating self-employment as well. The government will give you the ease to work towards skill development in every possible way. But we have to make this happen at the earliest.”
The industry was directed towards different modules in which it can invest into Skill Development. A few of them were – contribution through company’s CAPEX/OPEX or through extending infrastructure support; or by contributing to the National Skill Development Fund where NSDC can give them direction in which areas they can spend their funds.
Shri Rudy stated that other countries successful in skill development usually are steered by industry. India should try and follow these success examples. The Skills Ministry in collaboration with the industry aims at creating an integrated formalised pathway with formal education and will create a roadmap for the individual’s growth.
He stated that the DGT in the last one year has undergone multiple reforms as well and the industry should come forward to make more efficient to make the training more demand driven as per the requirement of the industry. This is not only beneficial for the ITI students but can be capitalised on for their own sector as well. MSDE in the last one year has streamlined various schemes, state government and departments within one skill ecosystem. The base is set and very soon we will start seeing results
On the Apprenticeship Amendment Act (2014), Mr Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, detailed the new industry friendly act and reiterated that the Ministry is open to suggestions to improve it further. There is a plan to bring equivalence to the National Apprentice Certificate. Following these comprehensive reforms made to the Apprenticeship ecosystem as desired by the industry, Minister also appealed to the industry to scale up apprenticeship in a big way to a 10% of the total workforce.
Captains of industry raised pertinent questions relating to the implementation of the skill development space. To which Minister Rudy said “The Ministry is here to understand and solve the problems; from mobilization to implementation.” The Minister also expressed the urgent need to make vocationalization of education a reality and assured that the Ministry is working towards involving all the related Ministries to implement vocational training in schools.
“90% of the CSR is focused till now towards healthcare and education. There can be serious contribution that can be made to skill development as well through this CSR funding,” Shri Rudy added.
The conclave saw commitment from CII which has committed a minimum 100 skill development centres through its members in the next one year. CII also continues to contribute to provide technical education and hands-on training to young people belonging to the marginalised section of society, in association with Pan ITI Alumni Reach for India (PARFI), which recently had set up yet another Skill Gurukul at Gumla in Jharkhand.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII showcased one of the Multiskill Hubs at Madhya Pradesh. Praising the model, Minister Rudy requested industry to come forward and join the skilling initiative whether within or outside their premises.
Some of the commitments that have been made to the Ministry during the recent skill skills conclave held in Mumbai are:
- CII to set up 100 skill development centres through its members in the next one year
- SBI to train 77000 people by the end of this year
- Reliance to extend support on skill development across all districts in India
- Bharti to contribute 274 skill centres through Centum Learning
- Shriram Transport to target training 2 lakh drivers in 3 years
- HAL to train 4 lakh people with 66,000 trainers
- Coal India to train 2.75 lakh through NSDC