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Skill ability may hod the key to top jobs in future

NKC recommends setting up of agencies to conduct skill tests of the pass-outs before they apply for jobs, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 22:13 IST

Obtaining a technical degree may not remain a ticket for getting a job in top companies. Instead, one may have to clear skill ability test even before applying.

In a bid to improve quality of technical and vocational education, the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has recommended setting up of agencies to conduct skill tests of the pass-outs before they apply for jobs. The recommendation submitted to Prime Minister's Office said, that the private agencies could test the skills of the graduates and inform the industry about their ability.
 
In a set of recommendation submitted to the Prime Minister, the NKC has said that independent agencies or industry bodies can conduct tests to ascertain suitability of the output of institutions of higher learning. "This will help in improving the quality of Indian workforce in both international and domestic market. It will also help in assessing the education being delivered by a particular institution," a NKC member said.

NASSCOM had already started competency test for entry into BPO and IT industry. The first NASSCOM Assessment of Competency for BPO sector was conducted in November this year. In third week of coming January, a similar test would be conducted for entry into IT industry, NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik announced on Thursday.

The NKC felt a need for the mandatory test following severe criticism of the quality of graduates from the technical education institutions. Nandan Nilekani, the chief executive of Infosys and member NKC, had pointed out that over 90 per cent of graduates from technical education institutes needs skill upgradation to meet industry needs. NASSCOM had also said that most IT professionals from Indian institutes needed retraining after employment before they could be assigned tasks and has recommended restructuring of IT education syllabi.

To have financially productive vocational education, NKC has recommended that industry should be allowed to open new vocational colleges to teach and train manpower as per their needs. "The government can also run the present vocational colleges with help of the industry as part of public private partnership," the member said.
 
Before NKC's recommendations the work on public private partnership has started. The Labour Ministry has decided to run over 100 vocational colleges with the help of industry. The new colleges will be opened in collaboration with the industry, a Planning Commission official said. He added that a National Mission on Vocational Training is being set up for better coordination between industry and different government agencies.

Earlier, NKC had submitted its set of recommendations of higher education seeking a regulator for all higher education institutions.

Email Chetan Chauhan: chetan@hindustantimes.com