HRD Minister suggests inclusion of minimum number of skilled hands
in tendering of manpower-intensive projects
Need for ecosystem that assigns dignity to vocational education

NEW DELHI, September 4, 2013: Dr. Pallam Raju, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, today suggested that industry could include a minimum percentage of skilled workforce in the tendering process of every manpower intensive project and increase the minimum percentage every year by a reasonable margin based on the life of the project. At a local level, the industry could enforce it by ensuring that their ancillary services like drivers, housekeeping and security are certified skilled, besides ensuring that the people at the shop floor are certified skilled.

Inaugurating the ‘6th Global Skills Summit 2013’, Dr. Raju called for concentrated efforts to create an ecosystem that assigns dignity to vocational education. “This will go a long way in addressing the current aspiration mismatch where everyone aspires for a qualification, but qualifications alone don’t lead to jobs,” he said and added that a massive campaign is required to ensure that youth in India take up vocational education and technical training as a serious career choice and not as a chance. The Minister said the skilling challenge is further magnified by the fact that 70% of this population falls in rural and tribal India. The numbers are huge and solving the same is almost impossible unless there is integration of skill development and the formal education system. It demands a collective effort by varied government initiatives, PPP initiatives to set up schools and training institutes (Public Private Partnership), National Skills Qualification Framework and large and small private players. The scale and speed at which action must be taken in this regard makes this one of the great opportunities for private players. The need of the hour is to synergize the efforts and resources to provide a feasible platform for vocational education and skill development.

The ideal way forward will be to seek partnerships that will strengthen the process of quality and inclusive education, he pointed out. Dr. Raju said, “We are working towards achieving national goal of skilling 500 million Indian by 2022. While doing so, we have a larger challenge at hand and that is to excite and engage the youth of the country to participate without inhibitions.”

Dr. Pallam Raju presented the ‘2nd FICCI LeapVault Skills Champion Awards’.

The winners are:

Category: Skills Training Providers

  • Centum Learning Limited
  • Orion Edutech Ovt Ltd
  • Jetking Infotrain Ltd
  • Category: Industry

    • OP Jindal Community Colleges
    • Shri Ram Industries
    • Trident Group

    Category: Academia

    • National Institute of Fashion Technology New Delhi
    • Aliah University
    • Centurion University

    Category: State Government and Body

    • Rajiv education and Employment Mission in Andhra Pradesh (REEMAP)
    • Footwear Design & Development Institute