A few months ago, the World Bank has noted that India’s training institutes serve only about 7 per cent of the students who require vocational skills. For a strong labour force of over 500 million, this figure might not seem to be minuscule compared with the success rate of 70 per cent in Germany and 95 per cent in Korea. But according to the delegates at Australia India Youth Dialogue at the Indian School of Business on Tuesday, this invariably is one of India’s biggest problems, especially in the wake of the nation’s dream of emerging as a superpower.
The Australia India Youth Dialogue is an initiative to enhance the partnership between the youths of India and Australia.
Saying that vocational institutes run by the government for decades pursue age-old curriculum and the quality continues to be patchy. Jayant Krishna, co-chair, Confederation of Indian Industry’s Northern Regional Committee on skill and education said developing skills in 500 million Indians by 2022 is the largest human resource development exercise ever undertaken in the history of mankind. “Hence, the reforms agenda in the skills space needs to be fast-tracked with a never-before velocity and various skilled interventions need to be pursued with utmost passion and enthusiasm to enable India reap a rich demographic dividend, said Jayant Krishna who is also a member of the National Committee on Skill Development.
According to Australian delegates, Australia’s models of skill development, experiences and best practices could be shared with India.
“The state government of Victoria in Australia has collaborated in teacher training projects with the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka to train 425 teachers in total,” said Vidyananda Sagaram, director, Strategic Projects, Victoria.
Alex Murphy of University of Technology, Sydney, said Australia could share its policies on skill recognition, skills for future, social policy, engagement with employers, etc with India.