HYDERABAD: Union minister for skill development Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that PM Narendra Modi’s skill development vision has led to a belief that imparting skills is more important than education. He was speaking after inaugurating various Skill Development courses and Atal Skill Development Centre of Swarna Bharat Trust (SBT) along with his senior cabinet colleague M Venkaiah Naidu.
“Unfortunately, in Indian system, education has a distinct bias against skills. All those who became famous were mostly well-educated and everyone thought education was more important, and skills became secondary,” Rudy said. He said that out of the 18 lakh engineering seats across the country, over 8 lakh seats in engineering colleges are vacant. “Engineering colleges are closing down because students coming out of these colleges are not unemployable as they don’t know technical aspects and industry wants those with skills,” he added.