President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday in Chhindwara said India may face a major problem in the next two years if the half of the total population, which is below 25 years, is not provided with jobs.
Mukherjee was in tribal-dominated Chindwara of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon to attend the 8th Annual Day Function of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) skills training centre. It was his first visit of any president to Chhindwara district.
The CII-run skill development centre was established in the 2008 and at present is running 11 courses. Nearly 5,000 candidates have successfully completed skill courses and confirmed jobs in some of the top companies.
“India is the second most populous country in the world with about 1.3 billion population. And half of the population is below 25 years,” the president said.
Mukherjee said if the large population is not provided with jobs and employment, there would be unrest, difficulties and disturbances in the country like other parts of the world. But, he said only a degree or a certificate is not enough to get a job now.
‘Half of population is unemployable because they lack required skills’
“Every year large number of graduates come out from about 750 universities in the country, but unfortunately half of the population is unemployable because they lack the required skills,” the president said, adding that India still faces shortage of skilled manpower in various sectors.
The president said skill development is very important for India as the youth after being skilled, can qualify to get jobs anywhere in the world and contribute in increasing the country’s GDP. “The present government has focused on skill development and aims to impart training to about 500 million people,” he said.
Highlighting the tumultuous conditions of the world economy, Mukherjee said, “Today the economies of North America, Europe and Japan are almost stagnant, and the average age of the people in those countries is also increasing.” Youth of India should grab the opportunity by developing their skills and finding white-collar jobs across the globe.
“If we are late in grabbing the opportunities, other countries like China, Brazil and South Africa will march ahead of us,” the president said. The programme was attended by Governor of Madhya Pradesh, OP Kohli, MP from Chhindwara, Kamal Nath and state minister of agriculture, Gourishankar Bisen.
Kamal Nath said during the last 10 years, 55,000 students have benefitted from the four skill development centres in Chindwara, and three call centres have employed about 1,000 people. Governor of Madhya Pradesh, OP Kohli emphasized on a stronger co-ordination between the government and private sector to ensure development.
Mukherjee apologizes for not speaking in Hindi
President Pranab Mukherjee apologized for not speaking in Hindi. “I am sorry I could not speak in Hindi and had to deliver my speech in English,” he said.