Rajouri: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mission of Skill Development as only way out to curb unemployment, Member Legislative Council and Senior BJP leader Advocate Vibodh Gupta has said that India can compete China and rest of world only when it has trained and skilled manpower.
Interacting with students of ITI Rajouri, Gupta said that nation is still dependent upon foreign exports due to only reason that India is facing shortage of skilled manpower. He said that now it is the vision of Prime Minister to make India a self reliant by empowering youth and providing them skill training so that to compete with the world. “We can overpower China’s economy if we have skilled manpower”, he said pressing upon the youth to come forward and get skilled training.
Appreciating Modi’s vision on skill development, Vibodh said that National Skill Development Mission has already been launched new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has come into force. He added that over the next decade India will have a surplus manpower of 4-5 crore which has been stated by Prime Minister. He added that ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) should acquire global recognition for producing quality skilled manpower.
The MLC said that only 2.3% of the workforce in India has undergone formal skill training as compared to 68% in the UK, 75% in Germany, 52% in USA, 80% in Japan and 96% in South Korea. He added that large sections of the educated workforce have little or no job skills, making them largely unemployable. “We are now focusing on scaling up skill training efforts to meet the demands of employers and drive economic growth”, he added.
Pressing upon ITI’s to dessiminate knowledge of Skill India among youth, MLC said that emphasis of Skill India is to skill the youths in such a way so that they get employment and also improve entrepreneurship, Provides training, support and guidance for all occupations that were of traditional type like carpenters, cobblers, welders, blacksmiths, masons, nurses, tailors, weavers etc. He added that more emphasis are being given on new areas like real estate, construction, transportation, textile, gem industry, jewellery designing, banking, tourism and various other sectors, where skill development is inadequate or nil.
The MLC said that remarkable feature of the ‘Skill India’ programme would be to create a hallmark called ‘Rural India Skill’, so as to standardise and certify the training process. He added that Government of India has always considered skill development as a national priority but earlier, the emphasis was on traditional jobs and now all kinds of jobs are being given equal emphasis.
Meanwhile Superintedent of ITI Ujwal Mahan also spoke on the advantages of Skill development. He said that the idea is to raise confidence, improve productivity and give direction through proper skill development. He added that skill development enable the youths to get blue-collar jobs. He added that every job aspirant is being given training in soft skills to lead a proper and decent life now focus is on towards rural belts and remote areas.