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Need to reorient our education system to make it more application oriented by providing skills and employment: Secretary, Ministry of Skills & Entrepreneurship, GoI

Sep 20, 2023

Educated and skilled workforce will be foundation of building New India 

NEW DELHI, 20 September 2023: Mr Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt of India today reiterated that there is a general acceptance that the time has come for India to set right its education, skilling and entrepreneurship ecosystem. “The next 5 years are very crucial for India where we will see all investments happening, operationalizing of the National Education Policy, and this is the time when need to create capacities in our young people to take the country forward and achieve the vision of becoming a developed country,” he added.

Addressing the two-day ‘14th Global Skills Summit 2023’, organized by FICCI, Mr Tiwari said, “In order to take people forward, we need systems, institutions and a new way of thinking.

We need to work together to ensure that India has educated and skilled work force as that will be the foundation on which our dream of New India will be built.” He further highlighted that the young generation is much advanced and wants a balance between their personal and work life. We have the demographic dividend and there is a need to equip the youth so that as the economy is gearing up, we are able to provide skilling and employment to our young generation.

“Skilling is seen as part of the education system, employment process, with emphasis on upskilling and reskilling for which we have the National Education Policy in place. We need to reorient our education system to make it more application oriented by giving them skills to make them employable,” emphasized Mr Tiwari.

Speaking on the recently launched PM Vishwakarma Yojna, the Secretary said that the most important part in this scheme is skilling. It is a need based, giving holistic solution right from identification to skilling and giving the concessional credits which is all part of the system, he added. “Skilling is no longer confined to just base level but also extended to high end levels including designing and manufacturing,” he added.

Mr K Ramakrishnan, Chair, FICCI Skill Development Committee and Chief Executive – Skill Development Mission, Office of the Group Chairman L&T, Larsen & Toubro Limited said that post Covid, India has started picking up in terms of economic investments, industrial activities and demand for work force is growing every day. “The skilling programs should be aligned with what the industry wants in terms of quality, productivity and safety standards,” he added.

Mr Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India P Ltd and Site Leader, Lenovo Group said that there is no better time for India to leverage the advantages being created by macro forces and propel young people for brighter future.

Mr Manoj Agrawal, Co-Chair, FICCI Skill Development Committee and Executive Advisor, Training Academy, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said both education and skilling should be application oriented and making the people employable.

FICCI-KPMG reports ‘High Quality Demand Driven Skilling: Focus- Electronics Manufacturing’ & ‘Skill Financing Models in India’ were released during the session.

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