As per the Ministry of Skills and Entrepreneurship Development (MSED), currently, 40 skill development programmes are being implemented across 20 ministries. This comes out to 50 lakh students being trained annually on vocational skill courses either under State or Central Government schemes or privately. However, what remains unsaid is that the students still join colleges for degrees and vocational skilling centres for learning skills.
Challenges of skill gap
On the one hand, we have lakhs of graduates passing out from colleges with degrees and termed unemployable due to lack of relevant skills. On the other hand, we have many skilled candidates looking for employment but the industry still wants them to be at least a graduate.
The main question that arises from this situation is “Where do the candidates go?”
On one end, we have degree-holders who are unemployable and on the other end, we have our skilled candidates but without a formal degree. For a young country with possibly the largest number of job seekers entering the labour market every month, it is unfortunate that the education policy pays little heed to skills development.
What is the solution?
If vocational skilling and education integrate, India as a country has a huge demographic dividend that can create a huge set of skilled professionals and become the world’s skill capital.
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What is the way forward towards a skilled India?
We often hear industries complaining about graduates not being job ready and academicians speaking about the nonexistent help of industry in preparing the workforce of the future. The best way to involve industry during the education of the students is to integrate classroom learning along with on-the-job learning.
This will provide adequate opportunities to all stakeholders to understand each other’s capabilities, strengths and help in overcoming weak areas.
Subjects such as Behavioural skills, Communication, IT, Teamwork, Analytical ability etc. can be developed from early classes for students and they can then be introduced to trade specific skills from class 9 which can be continued right through the graduation years and beyond.
Learning new skills and gaining knowledge is a lifetime activity. This is not something to be set aside for years of education.