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A Tribute to the Missile Man

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ravi-gupta-featureThe man who added ‘Wings of Fire’, fuelling the education dreams of millions of children passed away doing what he did best – Igniting Minds. The missile man who came from out of political spectrum, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from the humble origins to become the President of India from 2002 to 2007.

An aeronautics engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Dr. Kalam was considered the brain of missile programme. Always close to education world, he utilised any opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so that they become achievers in life. He stressed upon to make education system more skill oriented and called for a review of universities and senior secondary syllabi.

He also mooted the idea of introducing mobile skill development laboratory, which will be ICT enabled and will have a mechanical and chemical engineering set up. And to pay respect to the departed leader Delhi Government announced to name the higher education and skill education guarantee scheme after the former President Abdul Kalam, who passed away while giving a lecture in Shillong recently.

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Vocational education and skill development has become a dire need to improve the productivity and efficiency of the youth in the country. It is absolutely necessary to have skilled workforce for rapid economic growth, high productivity and reduction of unemployment. India has 69 per cent of its population between 16-29 years. Greater efforts have to be taken to provide vocational education and training so that employability of people should be increased worldwide.

A lot of private sector companies are investing into the skill development of the workforce. New technical training institutes are getting established and vocational institutes are coming up to provide special training to the economic and socially disadvantaged, through social partnership and in house training.

Taking this initiative forward, digitalLearning is organising the 5th World Education Summit (WES) in August to discuss the paradigm of skill education and the significance of skill development in the creation of a knowledge sharing society. With thought leaders and the who’s who of the education sector slated to be a part of this platform, WES 2015 will add wings to the skill development initiative of the government. Looking forward to your presence at the 5th World Education Summit 2015 to be held on August 21-22.

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