Skill development discussed at summit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2014 15:09 IST

“Why there is huge mismatch between industry’s requirements and skills produced by our institutes is a huge question that needs to be answered” said KK Sharma, advisor to the administrator, Chandigarh administration. He was addressing the 4th CII Edu Summit, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and government of Haryana at CII NR headquarters on Monday.

Sharing details of another key initiative for disabled, the advisor mentioned that “The differently abled children are thrilled to learn preparation of bakery items like bread, cakes, biscuits at a programme launched at the Hotel Management Institute, Chandigarh.

S S Prasad, additional chief secretary - Higher Education, Government of Haryana, emphasised that “Innovative funding and financial models under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode is the need of the hour to meet the expected requirement of about US$ 84 billion of investment to educate about 33.4 million students expected to enter higher and vocational education space by 2016. The bridging of ITIs and colleges is as critical”.

Muna Salih Meky, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank, said,”Skill development is now a global issue and collaborative efforts of international skill development councils will help in shaping skills of youth. What we need at the moment is cross-country partnerships for imparting skills education. Skill Development Exchange Programs can be a game changer in this case.”

Stressing upon the need of apprenticeship, Leighton Ernsberger, assistant director skills, British Council, said, “Alike European countries, apprenticeship (System of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading), should be introduced as a part of Indian education Curriculum. Also, there should be third party assessment.”

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