IN THE 21ST century Asia, minus relevant employable skills we will be non-existent. S Ramadorai (SR), the Prime Minister’s Advisor for skills development meant much the same when he said, “in any financial allocation for rural or urban development, the concerned ministry should set apart funds for skilling the people.”
If SR is to be believed, and there is no reason not to believe him, “the country has no database on the number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), their installed capacity, their actual enrolment, the pass-outs and the number of people who find the job. Worse still, there are no systems and no standards in imparting training. The ITIs, set up decades ago, require to be upgraded across the board.
“To tackle these issues we need to give the AADHAR number, track children through their schooling, make sure they do not drop out and channelise those who opt for vocational education,” added SR for good measures. Stressing on the relevance of ITI education in imparting skills and suggesting employers made part of ITIs through Public Private Partnerships, SR said that this will enhance the quality of ITIs using the expertise of corporates. He also suggested utilising the services of defence personnel, who took early retirement and of retired Railway officials as faculty.
Name: Subramanian Ramadorai
• Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Delhi University
• Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from University of California
• Master of Science (Computer Science) from University of California
• Senior Executive Development Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.