SMT. SUDHA PILLAI
SECRETARY, PLANNING COMMISSION, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
What are the opportunities does India have through skill development and vocational training to stand out in the global arena?
India has very interesting demographical features. If India has to take the advantage of that, we have to take care of the skills development and vocational training of the youth population. India should rank vocational training in the top five in the list of its priorities of work. And if we are not paying enough attention to it we might loose a great opportunity for the country. Government of India is aware of this and into the process of formulating work plan and drafting policies that were earlier adopted in February in the year of 2009 to achieve the best in the scenario. The policy talks all about the skills development and vocational training, the innovative solutions through it, the core principles that the policy looks up at. Government is also looking into the process to reach out to the maximum number of people through e-learning, distance education and other mode of flexible learning processes. If we talk about the open university concept, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), it is the best way out of everything. We are also looking forward to the small entrepreneurs in the niche segments who can extend their support in the training process.
Please enlighten us on the current status of the skill training and employment in India