Make Vocational Training a National Priority : Hamid Ansari

Make Vocational Training a National Priority : Hamid Ansari

Make Vocational Training a National Priority : Hamid Ansari

No.PR-5
April 11, 2014
New Delhi

Make Vocational Training a National Priority : Hamid Ansari

Mr. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India on Friday demanded that the government should incorporate skilling and vocational training with its top social and economic national priorities to fill in the youth with skills and faculties that can empower them with employable abilities with emerging and evolving aspirations and expectations of industry and other similar stake holders.

He also recommended that an index need to be evolved to gauge the performance of those learning and imparting skills and vocational education in difference schools so that their performances is measured as per suggested index parameters to take skills and vocational education to a logical conclusion..

Inaugurating an International Conference on Skilling in Schools organized jointly by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) here today, Mr. Ansari said that until skilling and vocational education were treated with national priority, the on-going schemes to promote and diversify the uses of skills and vocational education in various schools would yield little results.

The Vice President sought for collective efforts from government and industry for wider spread and launch of vocational education throughout India so that India is able to prepare 500 million of its youth to be employable as per emerging requirement in all segment of Indian economy in next 10-12 years. According to Mr. Ansari, India would have to prepare 15 million youth per annum with skills that are required to maintain an annual growth rate of 8% which is a very big challenge to maintain the demand and suupy.

He lamented that despite so much of government’s efforts in the last 5-6 decades on making India’s education system prone to serving the requirements of different job markets, the end result has been India’s education system is saturated without skills. In the changing paradigm of emerging global order, we need an education system in which net enrolment in vocational institutions rise manifold from present level of 3.5 million. The Chinese education system enrolled 90 million in its vocational education as against 11 million of Unites States of America, pointed out Mr. Ansari.

He also hinted that India’s vast section of youth of over 53% employability with agriculture is a case in point which indicates that Indian education system even in this century lack skill development. If India’s education system would have developed and evolved skills, perhaps, agriculture sector would be employing lesser number of youths as it would have shifted to sectors that require skills, indicated Mr. Ansari.

Mr. Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE who also spoke on the occasion indicated that the CBSE would shortly widen and diversify its vocational courses in the field of real estate, construction, retail, automobile and host of other advance areas to serve these growing economic activities. In due course of time many more other vocational courses would also be introduced for students seeking vocational training in all CBSE affiliated schools across the country, he added.

Mr. Sharad Jaipuria, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his welcome address said that the emerging world needed integration of skills and vocational education with main stream academics so that the educated youth is geared up and motivated to meet the challenges and opportunities of current times. He also sought incentivisation of vocational courses to spur up its growth and diversification.
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